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Tackling age discrimination

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Tackling Age Discrimination

Tackling Age DiscriminationI’m 75. I’m fit and healthy right now but if I was to become unwell and developed a condition affecting my heart, like a leaking heart valve, my experience might be very different to a younger person’s.

Cardiac services are under enormous pressure and difficult decisions are having to be made about scarce resources. It’s possible I could be turned down for surgery.

If I lived anywhere else in the UK I could be sure my age wasn’t the deciding factor. Anywhere else in the UK or in Ireland, I would have the right to challenge such a decision in court.

In Northern Ireland, I don’t have that right.

This is something you can fix. Help older people by changing the law on age discrimination and access to services.

Make equality a priority.


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