Page last updated at 16:26 GMT, Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Debate on healthcare

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.


Story Tools


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific