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Malaysian doctors want freedom from neckties

Malaysian doctors want freedom from neckties

Malaysian doctors want to be free of encumbrances around their necks. Not their stethoscopes, but neckties.
The Malaysian Medical Association has asked the Health Ministry to scrap a regulation requiring doctors to wear ties while on hospital ward rounds, saying the gentleman's fashion accessory could pose a health risk to patients, a news report said Tuesday.
"Neckties are not the most frequently washed apparel and ... (studies) show that neckties carry contaminants that could cause infections" to the patients, Malaysian Medical Association president Dr. Teoh Siang Chin was quoted as saying by The Star daily.
"And when doctors are doing their clinical rounds, they dangle all over the place. And how many people wash their ties? They require dry cleaning and that can cost about 15 ringgit (US$4.5;


Updated : 2021-05-14 18:32 GMT+08:00