General Article Implementing a ban on age discrimination in the NHS - making effective, appropriate decisions

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From 1 October 2012, the Government will fully implement the ban on age discrimination enshrined in the Equality Act 2010, giving protection against age discrimination in services, clubs and associations and in the exercise of public functions. This is one of the last parts of the Act to come into force in England, Wales and Scotland.

This briefing gives a short overview of the ban on age discrimination. It is specifically aimed at those who plan, commission or provide NHS services, whether in the NHS, voluntary or private sectors.

From 1 October 2012, it will be unlawful for service providers and commissioners to discriminate, victimise or harass a person because of age. A person will be protected when requesting, and during the course of being provided with, goods, facilities and services. If a member of the public aged 18 or over believes that they have been treated less favourably because of age, they will be able to take organisations or individuals to court – and may be awar...

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