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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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Report presents 'worrying figures'

This report presents some worrying figures. We need to look at them carefully to examine whether they are the result of arbitrary decisions taken solely on the basis of age, or because some non-surgical treatments could offer greater benefit, or a patient chooses not to undergo surgery.

We know that prejudicial attitudes against older people still pervade through society but the NHS and its staff should close the door to such unacceptable behaviour.

– NHS Confederation chief executive Mike Farrar

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