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NHS choir’s number one hit puts health service in media spotlight over Christmas

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h7022 (Published 05 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h7022
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

“I’m sure more improbable things have happened, but I can’t think of any,” said

Eddie Chaloner, a member of the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir, which hit the top of the UK singles chart this Christmas with the song “A Bridge Over You” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8qHXlShfUQ).

The song clinched the number one slot from Justin Bieber on Christmas Day, outselling the Canadian singer’s song “Love Yourself” by 30 000 copies (127 000 versus 97 000). In the first chart of 2016 the song had dropped to number 29.

Chaloner, a consultant vascular surgeon at University Hospital Lewisham, said that Bieber was “very helpful” when he tweeted his 72 million followers: “I’m hearing this UK Christmas race is close . . . but the NHS Choir single is for charity.”

The choir, which includes all types of NHS staff, was …

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