– Michelle Mitchell, charity director general of Age UK
"When it comes to peoples' health, their date of birth actually tells you very little.
A healthy living 80-year-old could run rings round someone many years younger who does not share the same good health.
Yet in the past, too many medical decisions we believe have been made on age alone with informal cut-offs imposed so that people over a certain age were denied treatment.
This report shows the large gap between the number of people living with a condition or health need and the surgery rates to treat older people.
Thousands of elderly patients are needlessly dying because they are being denied treatment on the grounds of their age, a report has found.