The King's Fund

Old Habits Die Hard

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Emilie Roberts, Janice Robinson, Linda Seymour
  • Publication date: 01-Jan-2002

The government is making new moves to combat age discrimination. But, according to this publication, managers in the NHS and social care organisations lack practical tools for the job, feel unsure about how to identify age discrimination in practice, and are uncertain whether age-related policies and practices are justifiable. Based on a telephone survey of 75 senior managers in hospitals, primary care groups, community trusts and social services departments, the publication argues that the government's objective of eradicating ageist practices from the NHS will not be achieved unless local managers are given more help. It provides guidance on practical ways to implement policies designed to prevent age discrimination.