The expert in geriatric medicine from Edinburgh was delivering the 10th M V Arunachalam endowment lecture on healthcare, “80 not out – challenges of the silver innings.”
He said that just one of India’s 206 medical colleges, Madras Medical College, had a full-time geriatric MD programme. More undergraduate and PG programmes in geriatric studies were required and if this was not improved upon, it would affect quality delivery of healthcare. Presently, 7% of the total population in India was above the age of 65. This was expected to swell to 16% of the total population by 2050.
To read more about it, go to the times of India article titled Learn from UK’s mistakes on elderly healthcare: Expert.