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Seven days in medicine: 24-30 May 2023

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 01 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1214


Welsh health unions accept pay offer

Most health unions in Wales, representing staff on the Agenda for Change contract, have accepted the government’s two year pay offer, which will see average pay rise by 15.7%. However, some unions, including the Royal College of Nursing, have rejected the offer and remain in dispute. Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, welcomed the news, which comes after several months of negotiation and disruption. He said, “We must continue to address the underlying issues affecting the NHS that led to this activity being felt as necessary in the first place.”1

US firearms

Chicago sees rise in children’s injuries

The rate of injuries from firearms in children rose over five years from 82 in 2016 to 127 in 2020, showed an audit of the Chicago metropolitan area published in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.2 The researchers reported that more than a fifth of injuries were fatal and that the rise was particularly significant after the stay-at-home order took effect in March 2020 because of the covid pandemic. They wrote, “We have lost ground during the pandemic. We need to double down on multifaceted prevention initiatives.”

Climate emergency

Extreme weather deaths decline as events rise

The damage and cost associated with extreme weather such as storms and droughts increased from …

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