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Age Concern hits out at suggestions that the elderly should be refused operations

Age Concern hits out at suggestions that the elderly should be refused operations
28th January 2008

Age Concern has hit out at suggestions that the elderly should be refused operations because they may not live long enough to reap the benefits.

A third of medics questioned by Doctor magazine suggested that the elderly should not be given free treatments and that the NHS should think twice about providing hip and knee replacements and other routine procedures.

Gordon Lishman, director general of Age Concern, told the Daily Mail: "It is outrageous to say older people should miss out on important treatment simply because of their age.

"All too often older people are treated like second-class citizens, denied respect for their basic dignity and access to important services."

Tony Calland, chairman of the British Medical Association's ethics committee, told the news provider: "If a patient of 90 needs a hip operation, they should get one."

"It's not our job to play God," he added.

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