Older people prevented from having access to vital surgery
A new report has suggested that age discrimination may be preventing older people from having access to vital surgery.
The Royal College of GPs and Age UK have looked at surgery rates for six common procedures for over 65s in England, reports the BBC.
The report found a wide variation in access to treatment depending on where people lived and found a “worrying” difference between the over 65s and over 75s.
NHS England said it was committed to “ensuring older patients had equal access to treatment”.
RCS president Prof Norman Williams said the analysis raised “important questions”.
“Every patient must be treated as an individual.”
Caroline Abrahams, of Age UK, added: “The extent of variation suggests many places could be doing better.”
Martin McShane, NHS England’s director for people with long-term conditions, told the Daily Telegraph: “NHS England is committed to ensuring older patients have equal access to treatment which should always be based on what is right for each individual patient, on their informed preferences, not their age.”
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