Anti-MRSA plan for GP surgeries

GPs and practice staff could be banned from wearing long-sleeved shirts and wristwatches after the DoH announced plans to roll out an anti-MRSA campaign to primary care.

The National Patient Safety Agency will extend its successful 'Clean Your Hands' campaign to care settings outside hospitals. The campaign is designed to improve hand hygiene among healthcare workers to combat healthcare-associated infections.

GP leaders said GPs would accept the advice if there was evidence to support it.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said: 'Short sleeves are common, so that is not a huge imposition. The biggest problem could be wristwatches; doctors use them to take people's pulses.'

Dr Buckman added that the moves seemed excessive in primary care because 'community-acquired MRSA is practically non-existent'.

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