Piercings Banned for Swedish Hospital Staff

Swedish labor unions for hospital staff are criticizing coming sharper restrictions for those working directly with patients. As of January 1st, those with piercings will be barrred for such work.

This is allegedly to stop the spreading of hard-to-combate hospital infections between staff and patients.

But the unions claim that there is no evidence that the tell-tale ring in the lip, eye-brow or extra rings in the ears are the real culprits. They also ask if all those who are wearing normal ear-rings will have to change jobs.

The unions argue that if the employeers want to ban those piercing-loving employes because they might scare those old-timers not used to the current trends in skin and metal, then they should say so – and not invent stories about the already problematic hospital infections.