Surgery age limits warning

Thousands of elderly patients are needlessly dying because they are being denied treatment on the grounds of their age, a report has found.

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Health minister: 'Patients should be treated as individuals'

There should be absolutely no place in the NHS for assumptions about entitlement to treatments that are based on age or any other form of unjustified discrimination.

All patients should be treated as individuals, with dignity and respect, and receive care that meets their healthcare needs - irrespective of their age.

The Government is committed to providing dignity in elderly care, and at the beginning of October we introduced an Age Discrimination Ban, which means that all patients will receive a more personalised care service, based on their individual needs, not their age.

– Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter

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