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Medics need crash course in life skills

THE HSE deficit is likely to reach €500m by the end of the year. You would think, then, that management in the health service would focus on providing the best care possible in the wake of inevitable cuts.

But officials in one HSE region have been forced to focus their attentions on an entirely different area -- what female employees wear.

The HSE Mid-West has warned its staff that they face disciplinary action if their clothes reveal too much cleavage, are skintight or low-cut, or if they display tattoos.

The very fact that adult professionals need such common sense direction is worrying, and an indictment of our education system.

Our young medical professionals are clearly lacking in life skills if they see fit to wear backless tops or microskirts to work in hospitals.

For some, further fashion training is clearly required.