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Spotlight on ageism in the health service

With research suggesting the health service may be ageist, staff are urged to look at their own approach

With research suggesting the health service may be ageist, staff are urged to look at their own approach

The ageing population has had a remarkable effect on the care that the NHS needs to provide, whether it is coping with rising hospital admissions or coordinating services for people who often have multiple long-term conditions.

1 in 10

people say they have experienced age discrimination in medical settings

(Source: Lancet Public Health)

Changing demographics have led to a host of new initiatives. Specialist frailty units have been set up in many hospitals, NHS England has developed a toolkit to help GPs manage frailty in the community and the emphasis on moving care out of hospitals is largely driven by the desire

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