The UK health secretary has admitted that there is a shortage of both doctors and nurses. This is a problem that could have been foreseen some years ago, and will only get worse due to Brexit. And there is another looming shortage in the shape of social care workers.
In addition, demographic figures often hide nasty surprises, such as falling birth rates. This has already happened in Japan, with 25 per cent of the country’s 127m-strong population now aged over 65.
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