Go to see a specialist in Harley Street and he will be wearing a waistcoat, dark jacket and pinstripe trousers. He may sport a bow-tie, but probably only if he is a gynaecologist. His Rolex will glitter across the desk. He may even wear a monocle.
Visit the same man in an NHS hospital and he will be wearing an open-neck short-sleeved shirt and no watch. The reason? A public decree by the Oberfuhrer who runs the NHS.
No doubt to exert New-Labor egalitarianism, eh? You would be wrong if you thought so. the real reason is to prevent the spread of MRSA from doctors' dirty cuffs and watch straps.
Really? Is there evidence for that? No, no evidence, but there is a reaction to make and a headline to grab. The government must be seen to be doing something.