Nursing minister Dan Poulter was booed as he left the stage at a community nursing conference after speaking for less than five minutes.
Dr Poulter was late arriving at the Unite Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association annual conference in Brighton due to delays on the train.
He apologised in advance for the brevity of his speech as he had to get back to London to speak in a parliamentary debate on regional pay in the NHS and declined to take questions.
However, delegates were unimpressed describing the performance as “appalling”, “embarrassing” and “ridiculous”.
Department of Health nursing director Viv Bennett told the conference Dr Poulter had considered abandoning the engagement due to the train delays but wanted to show the profession how highly he regarded it.