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NI nurses receive new dress code

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Northern Ireland nurses will be given a new dress code in April as part of a £9m infection control strategy over the next three years.

The money will also fund initiatives including unannounced hygiene inspections for all hospitals, a hand-hygiene campaign aimed at hospital staff and an MRSA screening programme for high-risk patients.

The ideas were announced last week by health minister Michael McGimpsey and are similar to those introduced in England last year.

Mr McGimpsey also announced that all new hospitals in Northern Ireland will have single rooms for all patients to help combat infection and provide extra privacy. ‘The measures will go a long way in the battle to provide clean and safer care and help restore public confidence in our hospitals,’ Mr McGimpsey said.

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