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Nurses 'jump the queue' to get new uniform

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BBC Scotland has reported of nurses going to extraordinary lengths to get hold of the new tunic-style uniform being introduced across the country.

Some staff are understood to have deliberately damaged old uniforms or “lost” them.

The new NHS Scotland uniform, launched a year ago, comprises a tunic available in seven colours depending on the job of the wearer.

NHS Grampian said staff may have been trying to “jump the queue” but no-one had been disciplined.

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  • What a barbaric and animalistic way for professionals to behave. Why can't everybody wait their turn if they are all to get new uniforms eventually?
    Why can't all nurses behave like a respectably professional body like other civilised professions. It is only then that we will gain the respect of society.

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  • I think barbaric and animalistic is pushing it just a little! And I''m sure there are more worthy discussions worth note than uniform grabbing...

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  • Nurses claim to be professionals and are crying out for recognition as such. There is no excuse or need for such behaviour.

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  • In our area, our service changed over to the new uniforms in September. The whole point of a NATIONAL uniform was to standardise what the professions were wearing throughout the country thus avoiding confusion among patients and their relatives. In my opinion, by not setting a date for everyone to change over to the new uniform, the Scottish Government (not wishing to create a "big bang" effect, or the estimated £12million exoenditure such a move would incur) have made a mockery of their pledge to make everyone who works for the NHS easily recognisable. Already we have noted that workers froma certain agency are wearing the same uniforms as us - minus the NHS Scotland logo. Surely this is wrong. Anyway folks, the uniforms are obviously done on the cheap, are made with men in mind (broad at the shoulders and tighter round the hips), are of a poor quality and, even after several washes, still transfer dye to underwear. So....when you DO get them, they're no great shakes....and don't wear good undies with them!

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  • Barbaric and animalistic? I'd save those words to describe the killing of 'hunchbacks' in Bibiani (Ghana) a few years ago. Nurses doing a bit of queue jumping hardly even compares to greedy MPs.

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  • It is strange how two people have picked out the the adjectives 'barbaric' and 'animalistic' in the above comment where the key message is that nurses should learn to behave like respected and civilised professionals! Until they learn this their deviant and irresponsible behaviour in trying to procure uniforms as described above can only be described by these two adjectives.

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  • Now I'll have to challenge 'deviant' and 'irresponsible'.
    The reason people picked on barbaric and animalistic is because they are wholly inappropriate words to describe this behaviour.
    Frankly I think so too are deviant and irresponsible. There's a phrase coming to mind.... Get over yourself.

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  • The general public, patients, health authorities, medical bodies, employers such as the NHS and the private sector, the NMC and the RCN would not condone this behaviour which has probably been carried out by a small group of nurses who do not wish to behave professionally.

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  • Perhaps - giving these nurses the benefit of the doubt is the way that we will gain the respect of society - their uniforms may well be damaged or lost & perhaps it was not an deviant, irresponsible, barbaric animalistic act - if we treat each other with a bit of respect we may get shown it by others!!!

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  • Anonymous | 16-Nov-2010 12:56 pm

    BBC Scotland has reported of nurses going to extraordinary lengths to get hold of the new tunic-style uniform being introduced across the country.

    Some staff are understood to have deliberately damaged old uniforms or “lost” them.

    My comments are based on the premise that wilful damage did take place which is unacceptable behaviour from any professional or citizen with any decency - especially as it involves squandering public funds for healthcare!

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