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Your Voice: Hunt working in A&E is ‘wonderful’

Your Voice: Hunt working in A&E is ‘wonderful’

Your Voice: Hunt working in A&E is ‘wonderful’

The revelation that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is working in an A&E was hailed as a “wonderful idea” by nurses on the Nursing in Practice Facebook page

Responses to the news that Hunt will be working in Watford General Hospital were generally positive, but many questioned whether he would be seeing the “real” NHS. 

Ellie Stack said: “Great idea in theory and impressive that a politician came up with the idea himself, however will he actually be doing the same work as nurses and HCAs or will he just be walking around the ward?” 

Hunt’s roles in the A&E at Watford Hospital are rumoured to include cleaning, portering and observing the clinical work of doctors and nurses at the hospital. 

However, some comments wondered why the Health Secretary was working in an A&E. 

James Wynne said: “He should be on an elderly medical or neurosurgical ward. See if he can care for 15 patients on a night.” 

And Anna Lenfestey agreed. She said: “He should spend at least a week working alongside a healthcare assistant, a registered nurse, a ward manager, a house officer, an senior house officer, a registrar, a consultant, a porter, etc. 

“That way he is more likely to see the real problems.” 

Jane Mawdsley said: “[He] won’t see the real stuff that’s hidden from the people that need to see it!” 

Hunt’s work experience was a response to the Francis Report, which looked into the failings at Mid Stafforshire Hospital, and suggested Department of Health (DH) civil servants should “reconnect” with the patient experience. 

Late last month Hunt announced that everyone who works at DH will be taking part in frontline NHS work experience over the next four years. 


i am a neonatal sister and from time to time we used to have our director of nursing coming and cleaning incubators and equipment and the matrons used to also spend time doing clinical shifts which is great and it helps them to know what goes on and how to support staff and parents. It has really worked for us so why not Jeremy Hunt?
beautine wester
Newham Hospital

He aught to get a good all around experience, try some inner city dilapidated hospital emergency departments (try Frenchay, Bristol)where the buildings and layouts were initially built to cater for less than a third of the patients that attend there today. Maybe he could look for somewhere to sit down in the mainly standing only waiting room to speak to the patients so they could tell him what they really think.
Then he could go to an overburdened out of hours service, and deal with all the rubbish that 111 now put through. And see how his private companies are coping with their top heavy management trying to find appropriate clinicians to see the actual patients and not rely on ambulance staff to deal with primary care and other presentations that they have not been trained for.
And then go to the wards, so that he can see why the remit of most GP's, out of hours and emergency departments is to keep people OUT of hospital.
AND THEN maybe he could go back to the drawing board when he realises that the population is getting older, that there are going to be more older citizens needing help than he initially thought, that the sick will still want treatment, and the worried well will become even more demanding following this ridiculous governments ignorant approach.
He has to realise that we are not all multi millionaires (like this government) and cannot all make a phone call to a doctor in Harley Street and get all ailments, whether real or imaginary, dealt with immediately.
He needs to go to the hospitals unannounced, so that management cannot stage manage his arrival, he should see what we have to cope with/work with and the environments we have to cope in, warts and all.

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