Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow has said more must be done to tackle age discrimination in healthcare.
Mr Burstow focused on mental health services, highlighting the fact that just one in six older people with depression receive any treatment, compared with half of younger people in a debate on 16 December 2009.
The Sutton and Cheam MP said the Department of Health must adopt a broader approach to mental health services for elderly people in order to meet the demands of an ageing population.
Health Minister Phil Hope highlighted the work being done to tackle age discrimination in the NHS, including the introduction of dignity champions, and plans to abolish mixed sex hospital wards.
The minister also referred to the recent announcement that age discrimination in health and social care will be banned from 2012.