Disciplinary action may be needed to clean up this problem
THE finding that many Irish doctors are ignoring warnings to wash their hands between patients is nothing new.
Inspectors have consistently given them poor grades since infection-control hospital visits began.
It should be part of their daily ritual to reduce the chances of passing on infection – but the same doctors who work hard to cure their patients are putting them at risk of potentially serious bugs and viruses. Earlier this week the World Health Organisation said its feedback from several countries showed the same lack of regard for handwashing among medics.