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Doctors at Connolly Hospital in Dublin face a long walk to their cars if they refuse to learn about washing their hands
Doctors at Connolly Hospital in Dublin face a long walk to their cars if they refuse to learn about washing their hands
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Dirty doctors to lose parking privileges

Junior doctors at one Dublin hospital will lose their car parking spaces if they don’t attend hygiene classes.
Aug 11th 2011, 12:38 PM 808 11

JUNIOR DOCTORS at Blanchardstown’s Connolly Hospital could lose their parking spots if they don’t attend hygiene classes.

The Medical Independent reports that the punishments will be introduced on foot of concerns raised by senior microbiology medical staff about poor attendance levels at the sessions. The Health Information and Quality Authority also recently informed the hospital of its intention to carry out hygiene spot-checks.

It is understood the hospital will now issue new staff with a temporary parking permit, valid for only one month. Junior doctors will have to pay for parking after the month is up, at least until they finish their hand hygiene sessions.

Local health service managers at the same hospital were recently warned by the HSE that they will have to pay personally  if they exceed new budget targets for the recruiting of agency staff and overtime, according to the The Irish Times.

Read more by Ailbhe Jordan in The Medical Independent>

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