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Patients should 'tell nurses to wash hands'

Patients need to be more assertive and be wary of doctors and nurses who do not wash their hands, according to health secretary Alan Johnson.Responding to questions by the Health Select Committee last week, Mr Johnson said: ‘We need to make patients confident and assertive enough to comment if their clinician has not washed their hands.’Mr Johnson criticised some surgeons who ‘feel exempt from washing their hands’ ...

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