Scruffiness eroding doctors’ competent image

In an opinion published in the BMJ, British consultant microbiologist Dr Stephanie Dancer has argued that a 2007 edict by the UK’s health department stating that in the interest of hospital hygiene doctors should not wear ties has led to a breakdown in overall standards of dress and personal presentation. 

Dr Dancer said the edict had led to many junior doctors abandoning formal wear in favour of “t-shirts and the like” and that she had heard of patient complaints that their doctors had become difficult to identify.

“It could be

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