Obesity and Increased Cancer Rate Has Led the UK Behind In the Race

Obesity and Increased Cancer Rate Has Led the UK Behind In the Race

There has been improvement, but low in comparison to other European countries. Britain is found to be spending huge pounds on the NHS, but it is not able to derive the desired benefit or it be said that output is not equivalent to the level of input.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development conducted a study in which compared medical conditions of the UK with some other European countries. They found the UK to be lacking in front of other neighboring European countries.

Life expectancy has improved by extra 9.6 years in last 40 years, but when it is compared to other countries, like Italy and Spain then it lacks as their life expectancy has increased by 12 years in the same given period.

There are many reasons for it, but two main reasons that has been pin pointed by the report are poor record on cancer survival and high levels of obesity.

Mark Pearson is the Head of the Social Policy Unit at the OECD and he was of the view that it is too late for the government to realize that there is something with the NHS, and they need to check where they are lacking despite infusing huge sums of money.

Considering the NHS to be the right model was biggest mistake for the government, said he, who further affirmed, “Perhaps the problem is that the UK has been complacent in the past – so convinced that the NHS is the right model, which we stopped looking at whether we are doing well or badly”.

It is not only the duty of the NHS but also of the government to look in to the matter and shoal take measures in order to curb rise in the intake of alcohol and fatty foods. Awareness campaigns and taxes on saturated food items could be a workable solution.


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