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Age discrimination must stop, says royal college

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1319
  1. A Tonks

    Old people in Britain are poorly served by a health service riddled with age discrimination, patchy services, and poor relationships among hospital specialists charged with their care, says a new report. It describes how some hospitals systematically discriminate against elderly people by allocating them to wards on the basis of age rather than illness or other needs. Other elderly people, claims the report, are denied lifesaving treatment because some coronary care units and intensive care units refuse to admit patients over a certain age - usually 75.

    The report, compiled by the Royal College of Physicians, warns that separating services for elderly people …

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