UK Government ran healthcare news: Many elderly patients miss out on the scans, drugs and even basic health advice routinely given to the young. Elderly have not received heart treatments, including clot-busting drugs, that are given to the young without question.
And a study of 9,000 older adults last year – half of whom had serious medical conditions – found many were not getting basic care for conditions such as osteoarthritis, incontinence and osteoporosis.
Ministers initially resisted a blanket ban on NHS age discrimination because of concerns over the cost implications and suggestions it could even have the perverse effect of allowing hospitals to stop some treatments targeted at the elderly alone.
Ageism in the NHS, which turns elderly patients into second-class citizens, is to be outlawed.
Health Secretary Andy Burnham says all patients – whether 20 or beyond 80 – deserve the same care and attention.
Today’s announcement follows alarming new evidence that older people are far less likely to receive a proper diagnosis and essential treatment.
Many elderly patients miss out on the scans, drugs and even basic health advice routinely given to the young.Some doctors decide it is simply not worth the bother once patients pass a certain age.But Mr Burnham told the Daily Mail: ‘I have decided it will become illegal for any difference to be made on age grounds. That’s quite a big undertaking. Read More
How long has this been going on, now to be making it illegal? Years under the government ran UK health care. I can see the same results happen here in the United States where Elderly patients will get less treatment than young people. We’re heard it from Barack Obama own mouth when he told the lady to give the elderly person a pill for pain and just let her die. People we have to do everything in our power to stop this health care bill from becoming law. If we care about our parents and grandparents then we better get on the phone to congress or writing letters to our congressmen! It will be too late once it passes!