American clinicians think that JCAHO bureaucracy is pretty bad. They just need to wait until bureaucrats really get in charge of healthcare. Here’s a case in point. The Scottish government has mandated a new dress code for hospital staff across the land. The plan is to scrap the physicians’ classic white coat for something “readily identifiable”, which apparently means one of four shades of blue.
The BBC reports:
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said the dress code would give patients greater confidence in the quality of healthcare delivered.
Speaking at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, she said: “I believe that having one uniform across the service which is readily identifiable should help both staff and patients to further ensure good communication and the delivery of care.
The national uniform will include tunics in four shades of blue, with navy trousers for clinical staff.
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