Families could be paid to put up recovering NHS patients in their spare rooms.
Southend Hospital Trust is considering trialling a scheme aimed at freeing up beds.
Bosses are in talks with a private company which says it can match patients with hosts.
They’d need no care experience but could be paid 50 pounds a night to offer Airbnb-style accommodation and three microwave meals a day.
Officials at Southend’s hospital trust say it could pilot the idea to help those who’re ready to go home after minor procedures, but have no one to help them.
Critics though warn it could open a ‘huge can of worms’ over safeguarding.