British pop star Rod Stewart He paid several preventive examinations for patients suspected of having cancer and met the nursing staff. “There should be enough money to pay these nurses – two years ago we were still applauding them. They work so hard,” Stewart said Friday during a visit to hospital in his hometown of Harlow, Essex. Nurses, like many NHS health service staff, are in a collective bargaining dispute.
Stewart (“The First Cut Is the Deep”) recently surprisingly announced his philanthropic intentions live on TV, drawing a lot of attention when he expressed his frustration with Britain’s Tory government. “I’ve been a Conservative myself for a long time, but I think this government should step down now and let Labor do it,” the 78-year-old singer-songwriter said when taking an unannounced call to Sky News. “In all the years I’ve been in this country, I never knew it was this bad. Change the goddamn government.”
Stewart, who was battling cancer himself, offered to pay for 10 to 20 hospital checkups for patients suspected of having cancer. He announced on Friday that he would also push for more checks. Wait times on the National Health Service are at record levels.
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