PM tweets in support of NHS
14th August 2009
Gordon Brown has used Twitter as the battleground for a defence of the NHS in the face of American criticism.
The prime minister used Downing Street's Twitter site as a forum to endorse the health service following a political row in the US over the way healthcare is funded.
President Obama is currently developing plans to establish a scheme which would cater for the millions of Americans who are not covered by private health insurance, but the proposals have attracted fierce criticism from Republicans.
Television and radio adverts attacking the plans have warned that the move will inhibit choice and quality, with the NHS being held up by some opponents as an example of an ineffective health system.
The furore prompted a swift reaction from British politicians with Conservative leader David Cameron saying he was 'proud' of the NHS and the prime minister adding his weight to a Twitter campaign to support the NHS.
'NHS often makes the difference between pain and comfort, despair and hope, life and death. Thanks for always being there,' he wrote.
His wife, Sarah Brown, added: 'We love the NHS - more than words can say.'
The Twitter site was briefly down as a result of the huge volume of traffic the campaign attracted in the last few days.