Three paradoxes underlie medicine in the 21st century, says Sir Cyril Chantler, chairman of the King’s Fund and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, who will give the annual Marsden Lecture on Thursday 20 November.
The paradoxes he cites are:
- Doctors have never before been able to do so much for patients but doctors are still criticised and unhappy
- Society has never spent so much on health care but health care is still short of resources
- People have never lived so long but the prevalence of disease and disability has never been higher
Sir Cyril, who will expand on these themes during the lecture, has just been appointed the first chairman of UCL Partners, the biggest academic health science partnership in Europe. UCL partners supports over 3,500 scientists, senior researchers and consultants, with a combined turnover of around £2 billion.
Notes to editors
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