Sir Rod Stewart
Gulf Today Report
Sir Rod Stewart said he wanted to “prove I’m not all mouth and trousers” as he visited his local NHS hospital where he paid for a day of scans for patients to help cut waiting lists but “can’t get any response.
The star also supports the doctors’ and nurses’ strikes, saying he is “well on their side”, according to Sky News website.
“I’m not going to show up and be photographed, I just wanted to do it.”
He is struggling to make progress, however.
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“It’s like banging your head against a brick wall,” he said. “I can’t get any response.
Arriving in a white Rolls-Royce on a drizzly February day, the 78-year-old star said “hi everyone” as he climbed from the car outside Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex.
The singer-songwriter last month called a live phone-in segment on Sky News and offered to pay for people to have hospital scans, having just returned from having a scan himself.
Sir Rod Stewart, a self-professed Tory, has phoned in to Sky News to call for a Labour government.
The Maggie May singer, 78, criticised the government’s handling of the NHS crisis and offered to donate money for medical scans after hearing stories of long NHS waiting lists.
“I personally have been a Tory for a long time but I think this government should stand down now and give the Labour Party a go, this is heartbreaking,” he said during the programme’s “Your say” segment.