This annual report celebrates 150 years of the Annual Report of the Chief Medical Officer for England by looking at the historical context of the first annual report in 1858, a comparative analysis between the health of the nation in 1858 and 2008 and the continued relevance of some of the issues discussed, such as epidemics, vaccination and competency of healthcare professionals.
Health issues covered in this report include;
Progress on previous years' recommendations;
The effects of passive drinking on families and society and the need for minimum pricing on alcohol units as an immediate priority;
The need for greater research and counselling in regards to prostate cancer;
Greater action on chronic pain through assessment and inclusion on training curriculums;
Minimising antimicrobial resistance through awareness campaigns and other initiatives;
And making medical practice safer by introducing simulation-based training.
Also included is a regional focus on some local problems, trends and initiatives across England.