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Good grief

Visualise a doctor. He or she is wearing a white coat, and maybe sporting a stethoscope but Lombard Street to a rotten orange will have an expression of extreme smugness.

Not, however, North of the Border, as our Caledonian chums have just published the 'NHSScotland (sic) Dress Code (Interim)' report:

"Appropriate steps should be taken to minimise the risks of infections and cross contamination for patients and the public;

for example: staff should wear short-sleeved shirts/blouses and avoid wearing white coats or neck ties when providing patient care".

As if cracking down on the basic sartorial standards of a gentleman was not bad enough, life is about to made unpleasant for nerds too:

"Staff should not carry pens or scissors in outside breast pockets".

The plod will be wearing shorts next, you'll see. Meanwhile, I hear the thundering hooves getting ever nearer.....

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Anonymous nomad said... 12:08 pm

No matter what outer clothing is worn, there will always be a risk of cross infection from medical staff visiting different patients. Maybe the white coats should be impregnated with strong disinfectant before the docs and nurses start the ward rounds. If pens etc cannot be carried outside, where do the docs keep/carry their stethoscopes?  



Anonymous nomad said... 12:11 pm

PS: The plod (and postmen) in Oz and NZ look neat and comfortable in their summer shorts and sandals. Ideal wear for tramping around in high temperatures. The plods in the Pacific islands wear skirts - and that's just the men!  



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