A report from the Academy of Medical Sciences has shown that one in three people over the age of 50 has two or more chronic health conditions (known as multimorbidity). This is twice as many as did just ten years ago.
An increasing number of young people are being diagnosed with diseases that have been typically associated with older adults, such as type two diabetes and heart disease.
The NHS is struggling to cope with the flood of patients with multiple illnesses, for whom the government-mandated ten-minute slot for GP appointments is not long enough.
GPs are struggling to cope with a ‘tidal wave’ of ever younger patients with multiple health problems
It’s extremely difficult to manage a patient with half a dozen diseases in ten minutes. What happens is multiple consultations, each focusing on the individual diseases.