The health secretary worked in Watford General Hospital’s accident and emergency department last Thursday as part of plans to give Department of Health ministers and officials frontline experience.
Jeremy Hunt undertook roles including cleaning, portering and observing clinical work alongside nurses and doctors at the hospital, which is part of West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust.
He was accompanied by his private secretary Rebecca Besalel, who is believed to have been working separately on a surgical ward.
Mr Hunt said last month that all DH civil servants and ministers would experience frontline NHS care during the next four years in order to “reconnect with the experience of patients”. The move formed part of the government’s response to the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Public Inquiry report.
A DH spokesman confirmed to Nursing Times that Mr Hunt had visited Watford General Hospital on Thursday morning “as part of a back to the floor experience, as was his private secretary”.
He added that both had delivered care “in some capacity” and carried out cleaning and portering duties while observing clinical care given to patients.
A spokeswoman for West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust declined to comment on Mr Hunt’s visit.