Johnson announces review of impact of ageism ban on care sectors

Health secretary Alan Johnson today announced a review of the impact on health and social care of government plans to outlaw age discrimination in the provision of goods, facilities and services.

The review, announced at Help the Aged and Age Concern’s first conference as a merged charity, will be led by South West Strategic Health Authority chief executive Ian Carruthers and Bristol Council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd and report in October.

Johnson said it would be supported by an advisory group examining the impact of the planned ageism ban on the two sectors, which was announced in December. He also said Carruthers and outgoing Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president John Dixon had been appointed joint chairs of the advisory group.

He told the conference: “There are complex issues to be resolved if we are going to meet our objective of ending age discrimination in health and social care.”

The Equality Bill, which will be published this month, will enact the ban, but the government has said it will be phased in over time.

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