Older people are missing out on what could be life-saving treatment because hospitals are making assumptions about their health based on their age rather than their fitness - according to the Royal College of Surgeons and Age UK.
They say hospitals need to rethink the way they make decisions about whether older people should have surgery.
The president of the Royal College of Surgeons, Norman Williams, told the Today programme: "Everybody's an individual."
"You have to judge the patient on their physiological age as opposed to their chronological age. We must get rid of these unconscious prejudices that exist."
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