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Food hygiene criticism for BA Heathrow lounge

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

British Airways’ standards of food hygiene in their first-class Heathrow lounge have been criticised in an inspection report. BaxterStorey, who provide the catering for the airport, have been given less than favourable reviews in the past and were given a ‘poor’ rating for their lounge as well as the Concorde Room in terminal five. The report was put together by Hillingdon Council who used the phrase ‘major non-compliance with statutory obligations’ when highlighting the aforementioned Concorde Room. The luxury surroundings… Read more »

Call to test alcohol misuse at work

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A campaign group which targets a reduction in alcohol misuse has asked for workplaces to monitor their employees’ levels of drinking. The Alcohol Health Network has called for workers to be required to take a test as standard which will determine if they are a ‘risky drinker’ or not. Don Shenker is the founder and director of the group and he wants to see problems stamped out before they have a chance to develop. He said: “Offering staff confidential use… Read more »

Woman’s body found in Wirral house fire

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An unidentified woman has been found dead in a house fire in Merseyside, it has been confirmed. Firefighters were called to a home on Village Road in the Higher Bebington area of the Wirral on Sunday evening. After arriving at the property at around 17:50 GMT fire crews extinguished the blaze inside. A smoke alarm had been triggered at the house but firefighters discovered the body of a woman in the lounge. A fire service spokesman said: “Firefighters on arrival… Read more »

Which foods pose the biggest risk of poisoning?

Posted: November 11th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Food poisoning is a particularly unpleasant experience for anyone and if you have suffered from it you will have instantly wanted to know the specific cause. Often it is not due to that takeaway you ate last night, indeed a lot of food poisoning can take a number of days or weeks to take effect. The spokeswoman for Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Lorraine Belanger, described how easily it can occur. She said: “People think of chicken as the number… Read more »

Hospital could face cancer care investigation

Posted: November 8th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Allegations from hospital trust staff about being forced to change cancer patients’ data could result in a police investigation. Employees at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust told inspectors that they had been pressured into altering data concerning patients and the treatment they were receiving. This was to make it appear as if patients were being treated in accordance with national guidelines. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that a number of cancer patients had to deal with ‘undue delays’… Read more »

Austerity leaves hospitals the only option for constant care

Posted: November 7th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The effects of austerity have led to hospitals being the only places capable of providing round-the-clock care for elderly people according to a senior NHS official. Public spending cuts are a major concern and the NHS had a higher number of elderly patients in need of urgent care than they had expected last winter. According to the NHS Wales’ deputy chief executive Kevin Flynn the cuts have rendered the social care system unworkable. Flynn voiced his belief that the deep-rooted… Read more »

Health and safety illnesses and deaths – the facts (Part Three)

Posted: November 6th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) studied the facts and figures relating to work-related illnesses and deaths they also looked at the geographical details. Examining the rate per 100,000 employees in the North East, it was found that 4.6 per cent of these workers have suffered from ill-health during the last year. This indicated that the North East was the most dangerous area of the country in which to work. Comparatively, only 2.9 per cent of workers in London… Read more »

Health and safety illnesses and deaths – the facts (Part Two)

Posted: November 5th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The figures may not be overly alarming when it comes to people dying while at work but there is a high number who suffer from ultimately fatal work-related diseases. There are 13,000 deaths per year that can be attributed to conditions picked up at work and occupational cancers account for a significant proportion of these fatalities. It is common for such illnesses to build up over a number of years but the conditions of someone’s former workplace can be a… Read more »

Health and safety illnesses and deaths – the facts (Part One)

Posted: November 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It has been revealed that 1.1million people in Britain encounter an illness related to their work and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is said to be the most fatal. There were 148 people killed at work during the past year and that works out as 0.5 deaths for every 100,000 employees. The findings of the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) study indicated that industrial jobs were the most dangerous. There were 39 fatalities in construction, 29 in agriculture and 10… Read more »

Hygiene improvement called for at supermarket

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A hygiene inspection at a supermarket in Burton, Staffordshire revealed a range of potentially dangerous health issues it has been revealed. Based in the nearby village of Branston, the Morrisons store was examined at all levels by inspectors including the kitchens, bakery, salad bar and cake shop. One employee was seen leaving the raw production area having not washed their hands and food trays were stored on the floor beside bins. Bags of rubbish were left piled up on top… Read more »

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