Our health in 2040: are we getting sicker? – with Jeanelle de Gruchy and Kevin Fenton

Episode 35,   Sep 08, 2023, 06:30 AM

Whatever we are doing on health, it isn't enough to prepare for the wave of morbidity that is clearly in sight. 

Recent Health Foundation modelling estimates 1 in 5 will be living with major illness by 2040, mostly because more of us will be older. But it's not just about age. A record 2.5 million working-age people are already not in work due to ill health. So what can be done to improve the state of nation’s health?  

To discuss, our Chief Executive Jennifer Dixon is joined by:

  • Jeanelle de Gruchy, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and lead for the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities at the Department of Health and Social Care.  
  • Kevin Fenton, President of the UK Faculty of Public Health.

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