Sir Rod Stewart pays for patient tests while asking for pay raises for nurses | UK news

Sir Rod Stewart told Sky News that he supports pay increases for junior nurses and doctors, while warning against a move towards an American-style healthcare system.

The singer paid for the public to be scanned at a mobile scan unit in Essex today, which he promised to do during a phone call from Sky News about the state of the NHS last month.

Speaking to Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee, he said: “There must be enough money in the coffers to pay these nurses.

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“Just two years ago we were clapping and now listen – they worked hard.”

He added that the counterproposals made by the junior doctors in their talks, who announced a new wave of strikes today, were “reasonable”.

Sir Rod Stewart has called for NHS pay increases

The government is currently talking to nursing unions about wages and conditions.

Sir Rod warned: “If we don’t have the NHS, it will be like the United States.

“When you go into an emergency, they say, ‘Okay, look over your documents’ and it’s unbelievable in America.

“It doesn’t work there either, but I think it’s working better than it is here at the moment – we should get our act together.”

Sir Rod, speaking on his promise to fund sweeps for members of the public, said: “If this is a huge success, and I think it will be, I would like to do it in Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and keep it up.

“I hope other people follow me because I want to prove I’m not all mouth and no pants – and that’s why I’m here to prove I’ve moved on.”

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Sir Rod Stewart calls Sky News

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When he called Sky News last month, he explained that he had gone to a private clinic in London’s Harley Street to have his own checkup, but had arrived late – only to be told the clinic was not busy at all. anyway.

“I thought, this is a terrible injustice – so here we are.”

Sir Rod also spoke about his support for sending jets to Ukraine, saying: “If I want to be political, I think we should send Ukrainians our F-16s – that’s up to you Prime Minister.

“I’ve supported them for years – I have a flag and I wear a blue and yellow suit for a song and I dedicate it to them.

“And we are very sorry about that because if the Ukrainians lose, it will be the end of civilization as we know it. You know, it’s all over with the F-16s.”

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