Cameron Dismisses Tory Critic of NHS as an 'Eccentric'

The Evening Standard (London, England), August 14, 2009 | Go to article overview

Cameron Dismisses Tory Critic of NHS as an 'Eccentric'


Byline: Paul Waugh Deputy Political Editor

for Gordon Brown this week, said most Britons would be appalled that a Tory MEP had gone to America to "slag off the NHS".

Health Secretary Andy Burnham described Mr Hannan's remarks as "unpatriotic" and claimed the row was "David Cameron's worst nightmare" because Mr Hannan spoke for many in the Tory ranks who DAVID CAMERON scrambled to reassure voters that his party backed the NHS today as Labour seized on attacks on the service by a high-profile Tory MEP.

The Conservative leader dismissed Dan Hannan as an "eccentric" after he appeared on US television warning Americans not to copy Britain's statefunded system of healthcare.

The health service has come under attack in the US as President Obama fights for his healthcare reforms.

Mr Hannan told US TV viewers that the NHS "puts the power of life and death in a state bureaucracy" and said "I wouldn't wish it on anybody".

He now faces disciplinary action by the Tory chief whip in Brussels. Conservative MEP group leader Timothy Kirkhope told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme: "An impression has been given in the US about the views of David Cameron and the Conservative party which is not accurate."

Lord Mandelson, standing in want a US-style health insurance system in Britain. …

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