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Age Discrimination Persists in Mental Health Services

Age discrimination in mental health services is a significant problem that has to be addressed as an urgent priority, according to a new report from the National Development Team for Inclusion.

A Long Time Coming shares findings from a project that NDTi carried out with the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU) to identify strategies and approaches for achieving age equality in mental health. Mental health was one of three key areas (along with acute care, and primary / community based health and social care) highlighted for urgent attention in the national review of age discrimination reported in 'Achieving age equality in health and social care' by Sir Ian Carruthers OBE and Jan Ormondroyd (Department of Health, October 2009). The Health Service Ombudsman‟s report Care and Compassion (February 2011) and the CQC's inspection report on the care of older people in hospital (May 2011) identified similar, disturbing inadequacies in the treatment afforded to older people with mental health support

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