Set up “youth corps” to stave off future health problems, says public health championBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4378 (Published 08 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4378
- Matthew Limb
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 …