When Liam Twomey was a trainee doctor he knew better than go around the hospital with a stethoscope casually hanging around his neck.
Such carelessness would inevitably result in the verbal equivalent of a clip around the ear from the matron.
So much has changed in the intervening period, said the Fine Gael health spokesman, that there would hardly be a mention today if a doctor walked down the corridor with a filthy white coat.
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