See BBC News item. Redesigned hospital gowns that preserve modesty and decency are to be introduced into NHS hospitals in England by early 2011. That will certainly remove a huge unnecessary stress from patients. Why on earth has it taken so long to take this measure?
I hope the new designs will be wider/looser in the sleeves to make it easier and less painful for trauma patients with splints/plaster casts on broken arms. I endured excruciating pain in the summer of 2007 in Northern General Hospital because the armholes were so needlessly and thoughtlessly tight.