Learning from The Brits – be aware of age discrimination
From 2004 to 2006 I had the privilege of living in England, I
learned a lot about the culture, their openness to discuss difficult topics and their willingness to diminish inequality. I saw many good examples of empowerment of women, ethnic minorities, older workers and immigrants. Here is one more example:
The Equality Bill, published on 27 April 2009, will make it
unlawful to discriminate against someone aged 18 or over because of age when providing services or carrying out public functions.
The Centre for Policy on Ageing has produced five literature
based reviews in 2007 and 2009 to look for evidence of age discrimination in health and social care services in the UK.
· Ageism and age discrimination in secondary health care in the UK
· Ageism and age discrimination in primary and community health care in the UK (2009)
· Ageism and age discrimination in mental health care in the UK
· Ageism and age discrimination in social care in the UK (2009)
· The likely costs and benefits of legislation to prohibit age
discrimination in health, social care and mental health services
and definitions of age discrimination that might be operationalized
for measurement (2007)
The reviews, commissioned by the Department of Health to support
its activities to root out age discrimination, collate evidence of
some direct but mostly indirect, covert discrimination affecting the quality and range of services available to older people.
The five reviews are freely available to download from the CPA website