Baroness Joan Bakewell claims the NHS is discriminating against older people who will be forced to ‘fend for themselves’
- The 85-year-old said she has been denied vaccinations and mammograms
- Baroness Bakwell says older people are worried about ‘falling off the radar’
- She claims the health service is putting younger people first when it comes to preventative treatments
Baroness Joan Bakewell has claimed the NHS is discriminating against older people – and that she had been denied services because of her age.
The 85-year-old, who was the former older people’s tsar under the Labour government, said she has been denied a vaccination for shingles and mammograms.
Speaking on Peston on Sunday, she said she is worried the NHS is putting younger people first when it comes to preventative treatments and that older people are worried about ‘falling off the radar.’
‘Is the health service saying, well, the old, they’ve had their lives, we’ve got bigger priorities, it doesn’t matter?’ she said.
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Baroness Joan Bakewell has claimed the NHS is discriminating against older people
‘Given the problems of our finances, we’ll put the money with younger people rather than old, is that what’s happening?
‘In which case, the old are going to have to fend for themselves.’
Baroness Bakewell said she was denied the singles vaccine at her local clinic as older people are only allowed it up to the age of 79.
But she says keeping older people healthy by preventing illness was important as it would save the health service money.
The 85-year-old, who was the former older people’s tsar under the Labour government, said she has been denied a vaccination for singles and mammograms
‘There are more older people and they are very concerned about their health and it would save the health service money if they avoid illness,’ she said.
She added: ‘When you are over 70, [prevention] is very important. And I know that’s true of my generation.
‘We’re eager to stay fit, we want help in doing it but we don’t want to fall off the radar.’
Baroness Bakewell said she was speaking about the issue following the recent scandal over NHS breast cancer screenings.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that 450,000 women aged 68 to 71 had not been invited to their final routine breast cancer screening because of a computer blunder.
Women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 are currently automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years.
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