Health Minister at Cancer Centre to launch first regional healthcare workers uniform

26/05/2010

At an event in the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has launched a new uniform for the health and social care workers in Northern Ireland.

At an event in the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey has launched a new uniform for the health and social care workers in Northern Ireland.

It is the first time a standardised uniform has been introduced across all areas of Health and Social Care in the province and will be phased in over a period of 2 – 3 years, beginning in early 2011.

Speaking from the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, Mr McGimpsey said: “The introduction of one standardised, high quality uniform aims to ensure easy recognition of staff by patients and clients.  It will also promote a professional image of the service and of the individual health and social care worker.”

The Minister continued “In awarding the contract to a sole supplier, the generated economies of scale mean better value for money.  It is expected that some 50% on recurrent uniform costs will be saved from health and social care budgets.”