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.
More top news
The PM confirmed an end to the country's existing trading arrangements as she outlined her 12 priorities for negotiating Britain's EU exit.
Theresa May has pledged to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, beginning the Brexit process. Here is an A to Z of what you need to know.
A judge said those bringing the case can remain anonymous after they said they feared for their safety if their identities were revealed.