Small companies create most new EU jobs

24th of January 2012
Small companies create most new EU jobs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) created 85 per cent of new jobs in the EU between 2002 and 2010, according to new figures from the European Commission.

An average of 1.1 million new jobs were created each year during the eight-year period. Employment growth for SMEs was one per cent annually, compared with 0.5 per cent for large

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Dutch cleaners' strike continues

23rd of January 2012
Dutch cleaners' strike continues

Over 2,500 cleaners marched through The Hague in the Netherlands earlier this month, calling for respect and pledging to continue their strike action.

The cleaners say their employers have still not responded to them on the issues they have raised, such as sick pay, enough time to do the job properly and more respect and appreciation.

After the

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Reliance on gloves leads to poor hand hygiene

19th of January 2012
Reliance on gloves leads to poor hand hygiene

Healthcare workers who wear gloves when treating patients are less likely to wash their hands between patients, according to a British study.

Experts acknowledge that wearing gloves is appropriate when workers know contact with bodily fluids is likely, but the study suggests healthcare workers appear to be substituting glove use for additional

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Passengers sue over smelly ship

17th of January 2012
Passengers sue over smelly ship

Unhappy passengers who sailed on a cruise ship are taking legal action against the cruise line because of unpleasant smells and poor hygiene.

The claims are being made by 205 holidaymakers who sailed on Thomson Cruises' Thomson Dream between May and October 2010, immediately following its acquisition from Costa Cruises. They relate to to issues

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Hospital-related infections are the US’s sixth leading cause of death

13th of January 2012
Hospital-related infections are the US’s sixth leading cause of death

Around 100,000 people in the US die of hospital-related infections each year - making HCAIs the nation's sixth biggest killer.

The US government has now made it mandatory for hospitals to reveal exact figures of hospital-acquired infections if they want continued government funding for medical care.

Latest figures have revealed that even

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Latin America sets new world record for hand washing

11th of January 2012
Latin America sets new world record for hand washing

The importance of hand hygiene has been highlighted by inhabitants of Latin America who have set a new world record for hand washing.

A total of 740,870 people chiefly from Peru, Argentina and Mexico washed their hands at the same time to mark Global Handwashing Day in October. Guinness judges have since been travelling to each of the countries

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