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New NHS uniforms revealed

16th December 2008

A new NHS dress code is to be unveiled by the Scottish government.

The changes are expected to see the end to the traditional doctor’s white coat, with staff unable to wear uniform out of work.

In an attempt to curb the spread of infections, ties are also set to be prohibited.

Nurses will be issued with a national uniform, in order to make different types of workers more recognisable.

Scheduled to be unveiled by Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, the standard clothing is set to include tunics and trousers for clinical staff, while support personnel – such as porters – will wear green.

Norman Provan, Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Scotland associate director of employee relations, said to the BBC: “Currently the NHS in Scotland purchases more than 150 types of uniforms in over 250 colours from a range of suppliers.

“Changing to a single, national supplier will free up significant funds.”

The uniforms will be rolled out across the country from autumn 2009, following a public consultation.

In other news, the responsibility for provision of drug information and prescribing guidance is set to transfer from the Department of Health to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

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