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article imageNurses banned from exposing excessive cleavage in UK

By Christopher Bates     Jun 16, 2011 in Health
Hertford - New guidelines have been issued by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, informing British nurses of local hospitals to cover up.
Not only have nurses been warned about "flaunting" excessive cleavage, but other body parts must also be hidden.
The new guidelines come in the form of a six-page dress code, which nurses at selected hospitals must follow, otherwise disciplinary action will be taken.
The trust hopes to maintain a "professional and consistent" image, while avoiding complaints from angry parents and maintaining health and safety standards.
Around 5,000 clinical and support workers will also be forbidden from wearing shorts, mini-skirts, denim and leggings.
The dress code applies to Hertford County Hospital, Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City and the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Middlesex.
The policy stated: "Staff will not dress in ways that undermine the spirit of this policy and clothing that exposes the midriff, torso or excessive cleavage. Denim, shorts, leggings and miniskirts are not acceptable attire."
Speaking on behalf of the trust, Hannah Middleton, Unison branch secretary, said: "There had been complaints about staff baring their midriff and health and safety problems as some had been wearing sandals. There has always been a policy but it has now been toughened up."
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