Twibbon for people who love the British National Health Service

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A twibbon is a promotional banner - like a ribbon - on Twitter sites. It's used to show support for causes.

More than 9,300 people (at this point) are using a "We love the NHS" twibbon. According to the download site, that's supposed to show that:

"We're proud to support our NHS! Show the world (and the American right) that we've got a great healthcare system, with the best doctors, nurses, administrators et all in the land!"

Here are some of those twibbon users from the site.

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This has more to do with what Brits commonly think of the American right than the NHS. If you want to learn about the pros and cons of the NHS read through the archives of the last ten years or so of the BMJ and similar publications. "Great healthcare system" it is not. That it may be a lot better than what many American's have access to doesn't make it great.

Here's one of my several negative experiences with the NHS. A few years ago my father spent a week complaining to his GP about sudden and short periods of pain on one side of his face, and periods where he veered to one side when walking, and various other classic TIA events. It took a week for the GP to send him to the hospital and even then they didn't put him on the stroke ward because nothing showed up on the CT scans so they weren't sure he had had a stroke (and they didn't have an available bed anyway). It took me about two seconds to realize he had a stroke, less than an hour on the phone with several docs in the US and online searches to figure out his pattern of symptoms were consistent with a LMI, and a little more time to figure out that this type of stroke has a fairly high probability of not showing up on a CT scan. Eventually they agreed it was a stroke and moved him to the stroke ward but not before a lot of screaming and threats on my part. Later the stroke doc said "Well, it turned out okay" but that had little to do with anything they did; he was just lucky to have a fairly mild stroke as these things go. In other circumstances their incompetence and lack of any sense of urgency may have had rather different results.

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