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There's barely a week that the National Health Service doesn't feature in the news and the coverage is now more frequent as we've all become aware that the organisation's financial struggles have reached crisis point. It's clear that something needs to be done to tackle the problem, and while much focus and many expensive consultations over recent years, have been on the potential closure of local facilities with the promise of 'super-hospitals' (not very local, but with better facilities and staffing), the thing the public focuses on is the tremendous unnecessary waste of money and resources.
Many believe that with the right purchasing decisions and less waste, we won't need to close hospitals. I had personal experience of this last year when my daughter was forced to have botox in her soft palette to freeze a spasm. As the consultant injected it, he grumbled that he only needed a small percentage of this highly expensive chemical, but that the vial contained the minimum amount that the supplier was prepared to offer. The majority of the product would be discarded. "Just imagine the costs involved, across the entire NHS!" he said. "And just imagine that across all the chemicals and other products the NHS has to buy!"
NHS waste hit the headlines again this week and the cleaning industry didn't fare too well out of it, being accused of charging too much for basics such as toilet tissue and cleaning services, while being blamed for hospital acquired infections. Apparently, City Hospitals Sunderland has been paying 66p per loo roll while other Trusts have been paying half that. I pay around 28p a roll for quality tissue in the local supermarket and I'm hardly buying it in bulk!
What's going on? Why is a hospital - purchasing in huge quantities through a trade outlet rather than via a store - being charged so much? It doesn't make sense, does it? We need our NHS, and the cleaning industry - forever fighting to improve public perception of what we do - can help it to survive and thus prove what an important industry we are. What can we as an industry do, to enable NHS facilities everywhere to be properly cleaned and well stocked with the products we supply, for a consistent and reasonable price while we maintain decent margins? It can't be hard, can it? And the NHS is well worth it. Please let me know what you think...
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This Week's News
The Cleaning Show, which took place over three days in London's Docklands recently, attracted 5,767 professional trade attendees and industry supporters - a 5% increase on the previous event held in London in 2015.
The show certainly seemed busy and the organisers tell us that some 10% of the visitors came from overseas - 9% more than last time. But the visitors weren't just there to look at what was on show... orders were placed with a number of companies exhibiting.
Scotland's fourth largest local authority, North Lanarkshire Council, has set up a new Environmental Action Team to tackle issues of litter, graffiti, fly tipping and overgrown shrubbery to help keep communities cleaner.
The Council, which is located in Central Scotland - mid-way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, is encouraging residents to report any incidences of these problems, either online or over the 'phone.
Sealed Air Corporation has today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Diversey Care division and the food hygiene and cleaning business currently within its Food Care division (together 'New Diversey') to Bain Capital Private Equity, for approximately $3.2 billion.
The acquisition includes a formal offer to acquire certain of Diversey's business in France and the Netherlands, which may be accepted following Works Council consultation.
In 2009, famed actor and environmentalist Kevin Costner and Eric Hoek, then a professor of engineering at UCLA, joined forces to develop a system aimed at cleaning up oil & gas produced water.
The event drew more than 2,043 cleaning industry professionals and leaders representing more than 23 countries.
Canadian manufacturer Delta-Q Technologies has announced the release of its first lithium-specific battery charger, said to provide superior reliability and charge quality for electric vehicles while meeting touch-safe charging standards in Europe.
Wastewater engineers working for Lanes Utilities who set high standards of health & safety are now awarded a green card in recognition of their achievement. Those that do not meet all safety standards receive a yellow card, and those that are judged to have failed are shown a red card.
The initiative is designed to encourage and celebrate good standards of health & safety, while constructively challenging teams if their working procedures fall short of what is expected.
Hi Jan, Thought I would drop you a quick e-mail to thank you for mentioning Tom's abseiling story on your site!
Tom is one of our Engineers here at Wessex, he has been fundraising in memory of his granddaughter Lillie-rose (who sadly lost her battle with the extremely rare disease Lymphangiomatosis last May).
Window cleaner Robert Baker, from Walsall, was presented with the UK's Window Cleaner of the Year Award for his 51-year commitment to the industry and for overcoming many challenges to continue doing the job he loves, while Art Cleaning achieved the second position as a runner-up in the Window Cleaning Company of the Year category.
The IWSA Independent Washroom Services Association has initiated an NVQ Training Programme for washroom service technicians under the auspices of City & Guilds Facilities Management Training Programme.
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Recent UK News
In this article, Peter Forshaw, managing director of Maxwell Stephens - the UK professional services agency that specialises in facilities management recruitment - writes about the growth of outsourcing in the public sector...
"FM outsourcing is booming, but that's not the only big news. The definition of facilities management is changing, too. A huge trend is rising within the public sector, favouring outsourced experts to deliver services rather than in-house employees.
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Loo of the Year Awards
Budapest Cleaning Show