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Health Services: Elderly

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps the Government has taken to improve standards of geriatric medicine in Coventry. (255358)

The Department’s National Service Framework (NFS) for Older People in 2001 set out a 10 year strategy to improve services for older people, in all settings including in hospital.

One of the key aims of the NSF is to ensure that older people are never unfairly discriminated against in accessing national health service or social care. The NHS makes it clear that NHS services should be provided, regardless of age, on the basis of clinical need alone.

In addition, the NHS Constitution makes it clear that people will have the right not to be unlawfully discriminated against on the grounds of age once the Equality Bill comes into force.