Set up “youth corps” to stave off future health problems, says public health champion

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 08 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4378
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The United Kingdom should revive a form of national service for young people to save them and the country from a burgeoning public health crisis, an expert has said.

John Ashton, the president of the UK Faculty of Public Health, said that a “youth corps” for 17 to 18 year olds would benefit society as a whole.

Young people would choose their activities, such as taking part in environmental or community development type projects or joining the army reserve, he said.

He added that without such a scheme many young people lacking jobs, education, and housing could experience long term health problems.

Ashton, who trained as a psychiatrist, said that the economic situation posed “serious” threats to …

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