The majority of nurses do not think colleagues should be allowed to wear full-face veils while working on the frontline, suggests a snap poll of Nursing Times readers.
In our latest online Poll of the Week, readers were asked: Should nurses be allowed to wear full-face veils for religious and cultural reasons?
Of the 150 respondents, 92% answered “no”, while 8% answered “yes”.
The poll was sparked by news that ministers had called for a review into health service guidelines on full-face veils to ensure that patients always have “appropriate face to face contact”.
Last month health minister Dan Poulter claimed face coverings could be a barrier to good communication with patients and ordered a review of current advice by regulators.
Nursing Times polls readers each week on a topical question related to nursing in the news. Check www.nursingtimes.net to answer the current question:
Should the NHS use the term ‘hospital-based care’ instead of ‘acute care’?