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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

RCPsych welcomes commitment to outlaw age discrimination in the NHS and social care

Embargoed until 22 October 2009

The Royal College of Psychiatrists welcomes the Health Secretary’s announcement that age discrimination in NHS and social care will be outlawed from 2012.

For many years, the College has been seriously concerned to see the position of older people in mental health care fall behind that of younger adults. Last week at the House of Commons (13 October 2009), the College launched a new position statement, Age Discrimination in mental health services: making equality a reality. This, and an accompanying compendium of evidence, exposes the ways in which older people are suffering serious discrimination in mental health services, leaving them unable to access vital services and at risk of deterioration in their mental health.

It is now crucial that these important changes to the law translate into concrete action at a local level and, come 2012, older people will have equal access to vital mental health services such as psychological therapies, 24-hour crisis home treatment, and early diagnosis and intervention. 

For further information, please contact:
Claire McLoughlin in the Communications Department.

Telephone: 0203 701 2544 or 07738 349070


Note to editors:

Age Discrimination in mental health services: making equality a reality and The Need to tackle age discrimination in mental health: a compendium of evidence College's position on the Equality Bill


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