You’d think a man famed for his bright shirt and tie combinations would be hard to miss.
But Health Minister Tony Ryall has managed to pop in to the A&E waiting room at several hospitals and isn’t always recognised.
“If he’s visiting a city he will sometimes duck into emergency departments and talk to patients there to see what is happening,” the spokesman told NZPA.
“He’s been getting the patient perspective on how things are working. He gets regular official reports, this puts the patient context into it.”
The spokesman said Ryall was sometimes recognised by staff.
“If he isn’t recognised he introduces himself but he wants to speak to patients, he doesn’t interrupt what the staff are doing and he never goes into areas where patients are being treated.”
It’s not the conventional way for a Minister to visit and not everyone approved but what’s the problem?
He introduces himself if he’s not recognised, he doesn’t want to interrupt staff, he gets to see what patients see and what staff have to deal with, without any of the stage management that goes in to an official visit.