Older folk can't wait

PUBLISHED: 08:55 19 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:56 04 May 2010

In June last year, the Government took an important step forward - they finally acknowledged the injustices faced by older people every day in accessing basic goods and services. They promised to abolish the last ism permitted in our society, by bannin

In June last year, the Government took an important step forward - they finally acknowledged the injustices faced by older people every day in accessing basic goods and services.

They promised to abolish the last 'ism' permitted in our society, by banning age discrimination in the planned Equality Bill.

This decision was long overdue, but now senior citizens face an even longer wait before they get any protection from discrimination.

An 18-month Government review of dealing with ageism in health and social care threatens to push the passing of any new law well past the next election - and at that point the chance for change could well be lost.

This is a huge disappointment.

I've written to my MP to ask them to sign Early Day Motion 458 to call for swift action to ban age discrimination.

I urge your readers to do the same by supporting the Help the Aged Just Equal Treatment campaign.

They can take action by calling 020 72391982 or going to the website: www.helptheaged.org.uk/justequaltreatment

Older people who are being denied vital health care or struggle to buy insurance cannot afford to wait.

Ms Chris McCabe

Primrose Walk

Sandy

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