Earlier this week Daniel Hannan, MEP for South East England, told a conservative US talk show host that he ‘wouldn't wish [the NHS] on anybody'. He said the system's ‘most salient features' were ‘huge waiting lists' and ‘bad survival rates'.
‘You would much rather fall ill in the US', he added.
Mr Hannan's views seem to clash somewhat with David Cameron's earlier statements that his priority in government would be the NHS.
Last night shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley issued a statement saying that millions of Britons are ‘grateful for the care they have received from the NHS.
‘It does them and the NHS a disservice for Daniel Hannan to give Americans such a negative and partial view,' he said. ‘That we can access health care free at point of use, based on need, is something others envy.'
Yesterday Healthcare Republic reported that Twitter followers had sprung to the defence of the under-fire NHS, bombarding the site with reasons why they backed the NHS using the #welovethenhs hashtag.
* Editor's blog: Do we '#love the NHS' enough to be genuinely proactive?
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