By Nick Triggle in BBC News.
Being a patient is a “full-time job”, say researchers, because more people are likely to have multiple conditions.
The Academy of Medical Sciences said doctors were seeing a clustering of different physical and mental health conditions in a single patient never previously seen together before.
It means people can end up battling heart disease, breathing problems, osteoarthritis and depression together.
Researchers warned that the NHS and other health systems were not prepared.
They added this was a global phenomenon and said that doctors and nurses were too often focused on a single condition.
This approach leads to patients having to attend endless appointments with different specialists and being placed on a cocktail of different drugs.
One of the researchers, Dr Lynne Corner, said: “It is a full-time job being a patient.
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