Charity condemns age discrimination in healthcare

Over 50s charity Counsel and Care has spoken out on discrimination against older people in the NHS, suggesting that their health needs are not being properly respected.

Responding to the government's launch of a new consultation on over 50s discrimination, the charity called for "real solutions" to prevent older people, particularly those in care homes, from being passed over by GPs and health workers.

The call comes after statistics from the National Cancer Intelligence Network suggested that as many as 15,000 over 75s are dying prematurely of cancer annually and that limited progress is being made in treating older cancer patients.

Anna Passingham, senior policy and communications officer at Counsel and Care, said: "This discrimination must stop. All older people with healthcare needs have [as much] right as any other citizen to access the right care and treatment at the time they need it."

Ms Passingham added that over 50s should be given the power to exercise "choice and control" over the care they receive.

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