Telegraph report on meeting at the IEA

Phillip Lee, a practising GP, said patients must live healthier lives or help meet the cost of their care from their own pockets. “If you want to have doughnuts for breakfast, fine, but there is a cost implication down the line,” he said.

Dr Lee predicted hospitals will be unable to cope in a decade’s time because modern day Britons are unwilling to put up with minor ailments in the same way that their parents and grandparents did.

Speaking at a briefing organised by the Institute of Economic Affairs ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn statement next week, Dr Lee said that the lack of “stoicism” among people today meant that the NHS will be unable to cope with the demands on it.

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