Relax, stop worrying. We really can have a whole new NHS twice over – just by eliminating workplace germs.
Which just shows you how much money leaks away when germs get the upper hand.
Get ready for some jaw-dropping math.
Black hole, about to go away
Put the two together, and you get £123.061 billion.
Double it, and that comes to £246.122 billion.
OK, so putting the NHS to one side for a moment, how about this?
The fact that being sick off work costs British employers a monumental £29 billion, according to business experts PWC.
And even worse, that “presenteeism” – when people are unwell but come to work anyway – costs TEN TIMES that – a mind-boggling £290 billion.
More than double present NHS bankroll needs – with around £44 billion in change – about what British businesses pay in corporation tax.
Reaching for the impossible
So what kind of magic wand would it take to disappear Britain’s combined off sick and unwell at work costs? Impossible, right?
Sure, it’s not just germs that make people take off sick – or struggle through the working day. There’s musculoskeletal problems, like back pain and neck ache. Stress, depression and mental anguish. All medical, but not germ-related.
But around 85% of us agree that the major cause of working life grief is minor ailments. Colds, flu, tummy bugs, that sort of thing.
And 85% of £290 billion is..?
You guessed it, £246 billion. The cost of launching a whole new NHS twice over – all caused by germs.
Which says, stop the germs – and we stop £246 billion every year going down the plughole.
Basically impossible, right?
All hyped up, safe and secure
By misting up workplaces daily with ionised hydrogen peroxide after staff have gone home – all viruses and bacteria are eliminated, oxidised to nothing.
Next morning, when staff come in, the whole place is sterile. To a Log-6 Sterility Assurance Level – 99.9999% germs gone.
Yeah OK, people bring in fresh germs with them. On their skin and clothing, from whatever they might have wrong with them – and their own personal germ cloud.
But the germ threshold is zero at start the day, so any cross-contamination is minimised. Fewer germs to catch, less chance of feeling off colour – productivity nudges closer to 100%.
Press button easy
And the miracle machine that does all this?
It’s not a miracle at all, it’s a Hypersteriliser. A wheelie-bin sized automatic unit that ensures maximum dispersal of safe, low concentration, germ-killing hydrogen peroxide – the same stuff our own bodies produce to fight infection.
And it spreads across all surfaces and behind them, into all cracks and crevices, and throughout all airspace. Actively forced there by electrostatic charge.
Contact time for destroying germs is only seconds, though dispersal does take time, depending on room size. Forty minutes usually, and you’re done. The whole place is sterile.
Clawing money back from germs
Which neatly plugs productivity losses caused by absenteeism and presenteeism together. Effectively releasing one-third more work capability without extra cost.
The trick now of course is to persuade employers to donate all this money to the NHS.
They can certainly afford it.
And with sick leave absences down by 85%, the demands on the system will be so much less too. Shorter waiting times in A&E. More beds available. Adequate time for intricate surgery. Generous time for recovery under care.
So if a staff member does go down with something, they’ll be treated quicker and back sooner. And that goes for all the other ailments too. The musculoskeletal jobbies and that lot. Because we’re all of us susceptible.
Including that heavyweight MD with the bad back that puts her out of action three days in ten. There’s a whole new NHS waiting ready to look after her. In fact, two for the price of one.
And hello, hello, the doctor WILL see her now.
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