News story: Washroom suppliers’ merger faces in-depth investigation

first_imgToday’s decision follows the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) initial Phase 1 investigation, which found that the deal could lead to higher prices and lower quality for businesses.Rentokil, which trades as Initial for washroom services, and Cannon are 2 of the UK’s largest suppliers of washroom products and services. They install and maintain equipment such as air sanitisers, feminine hygiene units, nappy bins and soap dispensers in commercial, industrial and public buildings.The firms did not offer measures to address the CMA’s concerns, and so it has referred the merger for a more in-depth, Phase 2 investigation.A decision on the merger will now be made by a group of independent panel members supported by a case team of CMA staff. The deadline for the final report is 12 December 2018.More information can be found on the Rentokil / Cannon case page.last_img read more

Pre-pregnancy DNA tests for genetic conditions approved

first_imgGenetic tests for conditions that can be passed on to future generations should be more widely available before pregnancy, says the government’s advisory body on genetics.There are “no specific social, ethical or legal principles” against preconception screening, a Human Genetics Commission report has ruled.It said testing should be available to any couples who may benefit from it.The UK National Screening Committee will now consider the findings.Some preconception testing already takes place in people who know they have a family risk of a genetic illness such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease.The report’s recommendations could give everyone that option.TestingThe report recommends that children should be taught about screening in the last years of school.Catherine Upstone, whose seven-year-old daughter Cerys has cystic fibrosis, said: “The worst thing is finding out when your child is four weeks old that she has a life limiting condition, and people have the right to information should they choose to have it.“If there’s the support in place for after the genetic testing, then I think it’s a positive thing.”Josephine Quintavalle, the director of the campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said it was “simply a modern version of eugenics”.Dr David King, director of Human Genetics Alert, said the report was “immensely dangerous” and that “it will inevitably lead to young people being stigmatised and becoming unmarriageable, and disabled people will feel even more threatened.”A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “Genetic screening can be a powerful diagnostic tool in assessing an individual’s risk of conditions such as cystic fibrosis.“But there are a number of considerations that are broader than the remit of this report which influence whether specific screening programmes should be established.“The UK National Screening Committee will now consider the findings.”BBC News Share HealthLifestyle Pre-pregnancy DNA tests for genetic conditions approved by: – April 6, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussionslast_img read more