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My 'epiphany moment' came some years back during BBC 'Question Time', when an audience member tackled prime minister Tony Blair about his promise to reduce to less than 24hrs, the time we had to wait to see our GP. Blair had thought that - as his figures showed that waiting lists had been cut beyond all recognition - surgeries had found a way to squeeze more of us in.
I'll never forget the look on his face as he learned how surgeries had got around the ban... How instead of booking us in for the next available slot if they were full that day, they told us to call back next morning when surgery opened, as they could only make appointments 'on the day'. You could see him picturing the nation's sick hauling themselves out of bed every morning to take part in long drawn out telephone queuing systems, only for many to receive the same message and have to go through the same process the following day.
Seeing the penny drop for Blair, made me realise that the Government doesn't really think things through properly! In this case, the long waiting times to see a GP were caused by there being insufficient GPs for the number of sick people needing medical help.
Nobody in Government had really stopped to consider this; they'd believed that introducing a new rule would solve the problem. It doesn't really work like that though does it? I understand that another ill-thought-out measure is being announced by the Prime Minister later today; this one part of several measures designed to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by the end of 2042.
Building on Tuesday's world-leading ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads, the Government is to extend the 5p carrier bag charge to all retailers in England, inject funding into plastics innovation and - to encourage industry to take responsibility for the environmental impacts of their products and make them easier to recycle - look at how the tax system or charges could further reduce the amount of waste we create.
So far, so good... The part that concerns me? The idea that the introduction of plastic-free aisles in supermarkets (to give consumers the choice to make greener decisions) is actually viable... Most supermarkets are already too large. Three hours spent shopping is three hours wasted and the idea of having somewhere else to look for what I need, fills me with dread...
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NHS Lanarkshire board secretary Paul Cannon swapped his suit for a plastic apron as he scrubbed beds, cleaned areas around beds and handed out patient meals to help hard-pressed clinical colleagues at a busy hospital.
Paul (pictured with Gillian Mathie (left) and Laura Dempster), was one of many office-based staff who put their day jobs to one side to help out as Lanarkshire's hospitals managed unprecedented numbers of patients needing care for winter illnesses.
Futureclean Assured Systems is a well-established consultancy focusing on cleaning: its systems, cleaning change management and improvement and designing new systems for old, new designs for safer products and implementation of newer and much more effective systems.
The professional cleaning industry is changing more and evolving faster today than at any other time in its history. And while this is happening, the majority of cleaning contractors are so busy with their day-to-day business operations, they may not see even more changes coming right around the corner.
Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates, one of the industry's leading cleaning consultants working with both cleaning contractors and facilities managers in North America and also internationally, says to deal with these changes, we must take steps now to 'future-proof' our businesses. Here explains how...
Vision Gelpack, the UK manufacturer of polyethylene films, liners and sacks, formed following the acquisition of the assets of Gelpack Excelsior by Visionscape Group, has been awarded UN accreditation for its range of healthcare and clinical waste collection products.
Following Incentive FM Group's recent acquisitions of Specialist Window Cleaning and ARL Support Services, the company has announced that the two businesses have merged and relaunched under the SWC brand.
The move provides customers with greater access to a wide range of specialist window cleaning services and expertise under one roof with a national reach.
Working in partnership with one of its dealers, TomCat says it is delighted to be able to announce a major contract win that saw the rollout of 36 floor oscillating scrubber driers and sweepers to a well-known, blue chip company.
Featuring Zero3, Tomcat's unique on board & on demand aqueous ozone system, the scrubber driers where selected not only on their performance but - and equally as important - sustainability.
SaniGives is a new holistic initiative launched by the Restroom Association Singapore, aimed at raising public awareness of the need to show kindness to cleaning attendants and recognise the good job that they do. Meaning 'Giving for Sanitation', SaniGives, encourages individuals to be be SaniGivers and:
* Buy products and services from fundraising partners
Sodexo has signed a five-year partnership agreement with Chinese global information & communications technology solutions provider, Huawei, which opens the door to Sodexo providing Huawei with integrated facilities management services on a global scale.
Huawei has upcoming IFM projects totaling US$400 million. The partnership represents a robust boost to the existing relationship between the two companies, which began in 2013 and currently covers 12 countries and four continents.
The Clorox Total 360 System offers superior surface coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places including the sides, underside and backside of surfaces, which are typically hot spots for bacteria and viruses.
The founders of The Quarr Group have agreed a Management Buy-Out with the directors of its three subsidiaries: Nviro, Mountjoy, and Pabulum.
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A YouGov online survey of 2,012 British adults by Cannon Hygiene, highlights the huge importance people put on the cleanliness and upkeep of washrooms. It shows how dirty washrooms not only put Brits off returning to restaurants, but also encourages them to warn others about the unhygienic conditions. For example:
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Incentive has appointed a new dedicated head of facilities management for Camelot to oversee the company's day-to-day FM operations and work with other members of the Incentive executive team on this assignment.
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