Conservative leader David Cameron has quickly defended the UK health service after a Conservative MEP joined in the row over healthcare in the US by condemning the NHS.
Mr Cameron said a campaign over the internet defending the NHS following attacks by the US right was evidence of how proud Britons were of the health service.
His words come after Tory MEP Daniel Hannan joined the attacks in a US television interview by saying he ‘wouldn’t wish it on anybody’.
The row has broken out as President Barack Obama presses ahead with plans to reform healthcare across the other side of the Atlantic.
Republican opponents have warned that the changes will ‘socialise’ the system, condemning the example of the NHS as ‘evil and Orwellian’.
In response, Gordon and Sarah Brown were among thousands of people who posted messages of support on social networking site Twitter, while health secretary Andy Burnham also backed the service.
In an email to Conservative Party workers published on his blog, Mr Cameron said millions of people, including his own family, were grateful for care they had received from the NHS.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said the MEP had done the NHS and Americans a disservice by presenting a ‘negative and partial view’.