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Equality bill takes aim at 'institutional ageism' in NHS

Ageism within the NHS and social care is set to be made illegal after a review of the treatment of older people found discrimination was "rooted" in the attitudes of staff and organisations.

The health secretary, Andy Burnham, said the services would be bound by the equality bill currently being debated in parliament from 2012,earlier than had been expected.

The announcement came as Sir Ian Carruthers, the chief executive of NHS South West, and Bristol council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd unveiled the findings of their investigation into the barriers facing the elderly, which was launched amid a spate of ageism claims against health services earlier this year.

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October 30, 2009

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