Chief Medical Officer’s Annual Report 2023: Health in an Ageing Society
Government and the medical profession need to adapt to an ageing population – Chief Medical Officer.
Professor Chris Whitty’s fourth annual report will be published on Friday 10th November.
The CMO for England will say that we can significantly improve the quality of life for older citizens – this should be a major aim of policy and medical practice.
Government and professional bodies have not recognised the degree to which the population living in older age is concentrating geographically.
The rise of multiple conditions in the same older person (multimorbidity) requires changes in medical training, NHS services and research.
The fact that people are living longer compared to a century ago is a triumph of medicine and public health, but an expansion of the period in ill-health is not inevitable.
We need to focus on how to maximise the independence and minimise the time in ill-health between reaching older age and the end of their life. Quality, enjoyment and independence should be the principle aims.
Prof Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England
Dr Ben Holden, Public Health Registrar
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