Year in, year out, the front-line staff in our libraries and in the one-stop-shops have had to cope with whatever germs The Great British Public brings through the doors. Flu, norovirus, winter vomiting virus, chciken pox, measles, mumps, malaria, whatever. It should come to no surprise, then, that some are occasionally of sick with one thing or another. The council's reaction to this is to hold quarterly inquisitions about these services' sick leave statistics.
First sign of swine flu in the area and the Town Hall reception area is kitted out with antiseptic wipes and all surfaces are swabbed down with a religious fervour.
We hope this is borne in mind in the next round of sick leave inquisitions.