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Doctors in Britain Prohibited from Wearing Coats Due to Fear of Hospital Infections

by Savitha C Muppala on  December 17, 2008 at 3:49 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
 Doctors in Britain Prohibited from Wearing Coats Due to Fear of Hospital Infections
Doctors in Britain will not be allowed to wear coats and ties due to fear of hospital infections, according to the recent rules of NHS.
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According to Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, the uniforms were required to undergo a change to combat hospital infections like deadly C.diff and MRSA.

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Medical heads feared that even pocket-parked-pens carried by specialists to write on medical charts would face a ban under new measures soon to be announced.

"The experts have decided we need to get our act together. Nurses will be kitted out in standard tunics and trousers and doctors will be banned from wearing ties," the Sun quoted a source as saying.

It was revealed that while the Health boards would be ordered to provide uniform laundering services in every hospital, the staff would be expected in a clean uniform, with hair tied back off the collar and short nails.

A Government source said: "The way staff dress sends messages to the patients they care for, and to the public about their professionalism and standards of care."

Source: ANI
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