ROD Stewart has insisted the Tory UK government should "stand down" after insisting he had never seen the NHS in a worse state. 

The 78-year-old singer-songwriter told Sky News he would pay for 10 or 20 hospital scans after patients spoke about experiencing long waiting lists in the NHS.

He phoned into the broadcaster’s “your say” segment, which covered people sharing their experience of health care, in an unscheduled appearance.

Stewart said he had attended a private clinic on Thursday that was basically “empty” and was prompted to call in to the show after hearing about the “ridiculous” situation in the NHS.

“There are people dying because they cannot get scans,” he said.

He added: "This is heartbreaking for the nurses. In all my years living in this country, I've never seen it [the NHS] so bad.

"Change the bloody government."

On NHS workers calling for better pay, he said they were "not asking for a great deal" before going on to urge the Tory government to "stand down now and give the Labour party a go".

Viewers were told to get in touch with Sky News to get a scan paid for by Stewart.