In the course of reading ResPublica’s report Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service, I found this horrific chart:

Cancer Prevalence in the UK 2010 - 2040
Cancer Prevalence in the UK 2010 – 2040

The section explaining “Why the NHS is on an unsustainable footing” clearly discusses pressures on the NHS from obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, dementia and depression. In addition to the pressure from these chronic conditions which individuals may suffer together, the NHS must cope with the rising cost of medication and surgery and a considerable reduction in the rate of growth of health spending. No wonder we are protecting health spending.

I will write more about the report and the role of mutuality on Monday.

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