David Cameron has said Daniel Hannan was wrong in his criticism of the NHS.
Andrew Lansley, the Tory shadow health secretary, accused the MEP of presenting a “negative and partial” view of the NHS in his contribution to the US debate about health care.
US commentators have made a number of claims about the poor quality and efficiency of NHS care. Some have suggested that elderly people with chronic conditions are effectively left to die for cost reasons. Others have described the British system as "evil" and "Orwellian."
Sounds about right to me!
The ever popular Daniel Hannan is now at odds with the modernising message of Mr Cameron, who has repeatedly promised that the NHS would be the top priority of a Conservative Government.
OK, so if it is that good - then why is it a top priority Mr Cameron?
As Mr Hannan’s comments spread across the internet, Mr Lansley released a statement defending the NHS and rebuking his party colleague. Mr Lansley said: "There are millions of people who 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. That we can access health care free at point of use, based on need, is something others envy.”
Err no Mr Lansley - the NHS is NOT FREE! Of course, it is free for all of the benefit-seeking spongers and immigrants, but we the taxpayers are the people who pay for the NHS.
Mr Cameron said he did not agree with Mr Hannan's remarks. Mr Cameron said: "I support the NHS 100% and the Conservative Party supports the NHS 100 per cent."
Careful Cameron, you are starting to sound like Gordon Brown. This statement is basically telling every party member what they should think. We've had enough of Gordon Brown doing it, now you?
On his Telegraph.co.uk blog, Mr Hannan made clear he was speaking for himself, not his party. He said: “I am not the Conservative Party’s health care spokesman. I’m fond of Andrew Lansley, and I strongly support David Cameron as party leader. On this issue, though, I disagree with both of them.”
Don't you just love Daniel Hannan? The Conservative Party are lucky to have him
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