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Friday, 15 October, 1999, 17:30 GMT 18:30 UK
Nurses attack 'see-through' uniforms
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Nurses want sensible uniforms
Nurses have complained that their new uniforms are see-through and have demanded something more substantial to wear.

Some student nurses at Huddersfield University said their new uniforms were "embarrassing" because people could see their bras and knickers through them.

A spokesman for Unison, the public service union, said: "As far as the students are concerned, they have a professional image and have to gain the respect and confidence of the clients they are caring for.

"We need a uniform that is not revealing, see-through or ill-fitting. We need to feel comfortable, without fear of portraying or being seen in the out-dated, stereotypical image of a nurse.

"The students are hoping to discuss how this issue can be resolved in the near future."

One option could be to wear trousers and tunics.

Meeting

A spokesman for the university said a meeting with students was being arranged so they could raise their concerns.

"Our old supplier of uniforms went into liquidation. Our new uniforms had to be made so that they did not clash with other staff uniforms, which limited the choice," he said.

"We may have to replace them all now."

A nurse at the university, who asked not to be named, said the uniforms embarrassed many students.

"The only colour underwear you can get away with is flesh-coloured," she said.

"Any other colour and you can see our underwear. They also do not fit right. When you bend over a patient, sometimes our bras are revealed.

"All we want to do is look and be professional."

The Royal College of Nursing produced a guide to nurses' uniforms of the future at its annual conference in Harrogate in March.

It suggested that culottes, tunic tops, polo shirts and dresses made from crimped fabric with shoulder and back pleats could be part of the uniform in years to come.

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