British Twitter Users Rush To Defend Hawking, NHS From U.S. “Death Panel” Attacks

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August 12, 2009 7:17 a.m.

Thanks to the advent of the Internet, news of UK’s death panels offing internationally renowned scientists has reached the people who rely on the Britain’s socialized medicine whenever they need health care. And they’re rushing to their system’s defense.

Using the hashtag #welovethenhs, they’ve taken to Twitter by the hundreds to tell personal stories of how the National Health Service has helped them. ” #welovethenhs NHS Saved my life as a 19 year old naive lad!” writes one disgruntled tweep.

“Saved my life, saved my wife’s life, beat my brother-in-law’s cancer and embodies a compassionate civilized ideal #welovetheNHS,” writes another. It goes on like this, every minute bringing dozens of new tweets–so many that, for a while anyhow, #welovethenhs was Twitter’s top trending topic.

Late update: The British Prime Minister’s office has a Twitter feed, and whoever manages it is collecting all tweets tagged #welovetheNHS, and passing them on to Gordon Brown, and Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

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