80k join viral campaign to get Coldplay protest mash-up to Christmas Number One

NHS cuts protest song is combination of Simon and Garfunkel’s 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and Coldplay’s 'Fix You'

A viral campaign aiming to get a song protesting cuts against the NHS to Number One at Christmas has attracted nearly 80,000 pledges from the public.

In 2013, the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir released Christmas single ‘Bridge Over You’, an arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’.

The choir had been formed by Gareth Malone on BBC show The Choir: Sing While You Work, with the original single release marking the 65th anniversary of the NHS.

Following further cuts to the NHS from the Conservative Government, a Junior Doctor from Cambridge, Dr Harriet Nerva, has launched a Facebook group to get the song to Number One.

“The NHS faces a cruel winter ahead. Budget cuts, low staff morale, junior doctors balloting for industrial action, and hospitals up and down the country being classed as ‘inadequate’. We are closer than ever to that cliff edge, but we WILL NOT let the NHS fall,” the Facebook campaign reads.

“This song is a celebration of the NHS. If you are proud of our NHS and would love to see it top the charts this Christmas”.

Watch the original video below. See the Facebook campaign page here. All proceeds from the single will go to healthcare charities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve1sevQpQLQ

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