The Northern Ireland Executive is considering introducing new legislation that will give greater protection for older people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.
We are keen to hear from you if you are an older person and believe that you have been treated unfairly because of your age when accessing goods and services. Your experiences will help illustrate the impact that this proposed new legislation will have on the lives of older people in Northern Ireland.
Examples may be as follows:
- Your doctor fails to refer you for medical treatment such as cancer treatment, a hip or knee replacement or heart surgery, because of your age.
- Your GP refuses to prescribe you certain medication or refer you for certain investigations, such as blood tests or x-rays, because you have reached a certain age.
- Your travel, health or motor insurance has been withdrawn or made excessively expensive because you have reached a certain age.
- You have had difficulty finding a suitable course or attending a course at a college of further or higher education because of your age.
- You are treated with disrespect or patronised because you are an older person by a nurse or care worker.
- You receive poor standards of care while in hospital because you are an older person.
- A computer salesperson makes offensive remarks and jokes based on an assumption about your ability to use a computer.
- A health care professional disregards your choices or excludes you from decisions about your care because of your age.
- You have been refused a loan or have had difficulty using your bank account because you are an older person.
If you would like to discuss your experiences of age discrimination in confidence, please contact:
Roisin Mallon Tel: 028 90 500 551, email: firstname.lastname@example.org