It has come to the attention of End Game that professor of surgery at Imperial College London and former health minister Lord Darzi once spent a day secretly working as a hospital porter.

Speaking last week at a Productive Operating Theatre launch event, Lord Darzi said: “One of the crazy things I did was obviously becoming a minister, but I did a few crazy things before that.”

About eight or nine years ago, Lord Darzi did a 12-hour porter shift to find out why porters were slow in getting patients to his operating theatre.

“Obviously, I had to tell the chief executive, who was the only guy who knew I was doing it, just in case they locked me up because I’d gone mad,” he said.

Perhaps managers could suggest to a few of their surgeons, who like to complain, that they take such a proactive approach. If it’s good enough for Lord Darzi…