District nurses in west London are threatening to boycott new uniforms because they say they do not want to look like 'corporate dummies'.

Hounslow and Spelthorne Community Mental Health Trust wants them to wear outfits in mauve and green, the trust's colours. Sue Thomas, of the District Nursing Association, argued: 'They are not suitable for nurses because they would not be easily identifiable as nurses by their patients.

Of 121 nurses who took part in a union poll only nine were happy with the uniform.