Age discrimination in UK healthcare will become unlawful in October

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e4134
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A ban on discriminating against people on the grounds of their age when providing healthcare or social care will come into force in the United Kingdom in October.

The Conservative led coalition government has decided to bring into force the ban on age discrimination in services and the exercise of public functions, enacted in the previous Labour government’s Equality Act 2010 but not yet implemented.

The new law will outlaw, for example, blanket age limits for particular treatments and failure to refer, purely on the basis of age, older people for treatments …

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