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Seven days in medicine: 22-28 June 2016

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 30 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3586


Diane Abbott is new shadow health secretary

The Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, appointed the Hackney MP Diane Abbott as shadow health secretary for England. She replaced Heidi Alexander, one of 48 members of the Labour front bench who resigned in protest at Corbyn’s performance over the EU referendum. Abbott’s tenure may be short, as Corbyn faced a no confidence vote from MPs as The BMJ went to press.

Hunt may run for PM

As The BMJ went to press, the health secretary for England, Jeremy Hunt, announced that he was “seriously considering” running for the Conservative Party leadership. He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Tuesday, “I want to start making an argument as to what we do next as a country” after the EU referendum. Hunt has already called for a second referendum on the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Public health

Children call for obesity action

Children in the United Kingdom favour a ban on takeaways delivering food to school gates and want to see initiatives such as loyalty cards that …

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