News that hand-washing by hospital doctors is still far below what it should be is nothing short of alarming. Our health services, and the people who work in them, are under huge strain in these times of cutbacks.
Patients and health professionals worry constantly about infections that can be picked up and spread in hospitals.
They really don't need the added strain of coping with illnesses and infections that could be avoided through the simple measure of staff being meticulous in their hygiene.
Hand-washing is a low-cost but highly effective means of reducing the spread of bugs in hospitals.
It's unacceptable that doctors, nurses, or any other health professionals, should be careless about the practice.