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Seven days in medicine: 31 May to 6 June 2023

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 08 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1278


WHO treaty is “being watered down”

The World Health Organization’s new pandemic preparedness treaty is being watered down and stripped of the key stipulations needed to prevent another global health disaster, health experts have warned. Many elements of the accord’s “zero draft,” published in February, such as strong obligations for information sharing and the importance of having a strong health workforce and universal healthcare, have been weakened or made optional. “The text contains promising elements, such as a strong emphasis on transparency, but it is also a significant step back from where we were just a few weeks ago,” said Suerie Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre, a research centre focusing on global health governance. (Full story doi:10.1136/bmj.p1246)

Public health

Number of young people too sick to work doubles

The number of young people aged 18 to 24 who are not working because of ill health has nearly doubled in the past 10 years, rising from 94 000 in 2012 to 185 000 in 2022, showed research by the Resolution Foundation.1 Young people living in core cities such as London, Cardiff, or Glasgow were less likely to be workless because they are unwell (ranging from 1.8% of young people to 2%) than those in areas where small towns or villages dominate, such as Derbyshire, Devon, and South Wales (3.4%). Education was another factor, as 79% of those who do not work because they are unwell had qualifications only …

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