Forecast shows 9m people in England with major illnesses by 2040

The Health Foundation has forecast that nine million people in England will be living with major illnesses such as dementia, diabetes, cancer, depression and kidney disease by 2040, which will be “catastrophic”.

In a rapidly ageing population, the number living with serious diseases will rise from almost one in six of the adult population in 2019, to nearly one in five by 2040, with huge implications for the NHS, social care and the public finances. An extra 2.5 million people will be living with major illnesses, up 37% to 9.1 million compared with 2019, according to the report by the Health Foundation.

Full story in The Guardian, 25 July 2023