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.