Reacting to the BMJ report which shows the NHS and private healthcare not providing basic care to older people, Kate Jopling, Head of Public Affairs for Help the Aged, says:
“These depressing results show that when it comes to healthcare, all too often older people and the conditions that affect them come far down the pecking order. Yet again ageism rears its ugly head. This report shows that in approximately 7,000 cases, older people have been denied the care they desperately need, while routinely, conditions that are common with older people are less likely to be cared for. This is extremely shortsighted in an increasingly ageing society. This kind of ageist treatment is precisely why legislation against age discrimination is needed. The Government has announced this will form part of the forthcoming Equality Bill but no timeframe or process has been agreed - until that happens, older people will continue to be short changed by the health service. The Government must commit now to an urgent timetable to ensure this injustice does not continue.”
The Help the Aged ‘Just Equal Treatment campaign calls for legislation against age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services including health and social care services.