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AGEISM PROVES HARD TO FIGHT, SAYS REPORT

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Managers of health and social care services are struggling to prevent age discrimination, according to a study by t...
Managers of health and social care services are struggling to prevent age discrimination, according to a study by the King's Fund.

The report by Emilie Roberts and Linda Seymour found that, while the majority of local managers support an end to age discrimination, many are not sure how to recognise it or lack the resources to prevent it.

The report calls for a law to make age discrimination unlawful, pointing to the legacy of discrimination in the welfare state.

Janice Robinson, director of health and social care at the King's Fund, said: 'Combating age discrimination is a complex and uncomfortable process for public service managers.

'Efforts to eradicate ageist practices must be backed up with funding for staff education, a clear definition of what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and a new law to make discrimination unlawful.'
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