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The BMA is fairly relaxed about the type of clothing a doctor can wear but "recommends that doctors should dress in a way that inspires public confidence."
In the BMA news piece below it mentions emergency medicine Don Burgess who works in ethnically diverse Brent and Harrow in London and says that patients who come into the hospital often appreciate a doctor who is similar to them. Dr Burgess says: ‘When people come in, especially young black men, you look like them — you don’t necessarily need to sound like them but you look like them — and they listen, their instinctive thing is to listen, they don’t start out being defensive or negative.’ http://bma.org.uk/news-views-analysis/news/2012/may/dressed-to-impress
The BMA definition of dress code seems fairly open to interpretation but but does it suggest that doctors should think about the demographics of their patient and try to dress to reflect their own sensibilities? Should doctors try to live up to the expectations of patients or is there too much emphasis put on what clothes doctors wear? What's acceptable in your view?
We've had a similar discussion on this in the past - Should junior doctors wear lab coats?