THIS WEEK IN 1974: Student nurses uniform protest

Lesley Pitts, left, the chairman of the Portsmouth branch of the Student Nurses Association, wearing the old uniform, and Margaret Morrison, steward of the Portsmouth branch of the Royal College of Nurses, wearing the new uniform which nurses say is impractical
Lesley Pitts, left, the chairman of the Portsmouth branch of the Student Nurses Association, wearing the old uniform, and Margaret Morrison, steward of the Portsmouth branch of the Royal College of Nurses, wearing the new uniform which nurses say is impractical
Waterlooville when it was simply  just Waterloo. Here we're looking south through the village. Wadhams and Michelin are still with us of course. Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Waterloo before the Ville was added

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They claimed the uniforms were impractical, and looked more like a waitress’ overall than a nurse’s uniform.

‘When I walked up to one patient I was told he would have beef burger and chips,’ said one student nurse at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

One of the main criticisms of the new uniform was it did not have top pockets, a very useful part of the old uniform, and they had no aprons, so were less hygienic.

Nurses at the hospital organised a petition protesting about the new uniform.