Ray Winstone has urged British politicians to fix the country's health service after his father caught septicaemia while in hospital.

The Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull star was left devastated following the death of his father, Raymond, Sr., last year (14), and he has now revealed he faced a heartbreaking decision in the months leading up to the tragedy.

Winstone alleges his 82-year-old dad did not receive proper care during his time in a National Health Service (Nhs) hospital after he was admitted to treat injuries sustained in a fall, and he was struck down with blood poisoning.

The actor then went against his principles by transferring his dad to a private hospital, but was unable to save him.

He tells Britain's The Independent Magazine, "They hadn't been moving him around, and he got septicaemia. And I seen all these programmes on the telly, politicians saying how the Nhs is getting better. No it's f**king not. I saw three men on his ward lose legs through not being moved... You can't blame the staff as such. Because the staff haven't got the time. You have to blame the system. 'Cause it ain't working... (After moving him to a private hospital) it was too late. The damage had been done."

Winstone admits he wanted to make an official complaint, but his dad was too proud to go through with it, so the star is now calling on the country's politicians to make serious changes to the Nhs to improve standards of care.

He adds, "They're (politicians are) supposed to represent us. Yet we've got fire stations and schools closing down, not being funded right. We're losing nurses abroad. They're the people we're losing from our way of life, the people that actually serve our society. We're not paying them properly."

Neil Churchill, Director for Patient Experience at Nhs England, tells The Independent newspaper, "The best way to improve care is to listen to what patients and their families tell us. Complaints are important opportunities for learning but we know that some people are reluctant to complain and so we have introduced new ways for anyone who is not happy about the quality of their care to mention it to those caring for them, so that something can be done."