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Mental health services’ framework must tackle age discrimination, commission says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1346 (Published 01 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1346
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

    The care and treatment offered to users of mental health service of all ages in England have substantial failings, according to two reports by the Healthcare Commission.

    The first report, Equality in Later Life, found that older people are discriminated against in access to out of hours and crisis services, psychological treatment, and alcohol services.

    The independent health regulator for England studied services for older people at six specialist mental health trusts, about 10% of the total number. It found some evidence of high quality care where there was good integration of health and social services. But older people were often denied access to care because of stretched services or a lack of age appropriate care.

    Provision of psychological treatments for older people was poor in …

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