Michelle Mitchell, of 'Age UK' said: ‘ "It is unacceptable to use someone’s age as a shortcut to deciding whether they are suitable for treatment. Everyone must be given the most effective, suitable treatment for their individual circumstances and chronological age must not be used as a cut-off date."
Old men and women in hospital are further at risk because, as the Report also warned, hospital wards are becoming ‘dangerously’ overcrowded, raising the risk of infections and blunders by staff
Ideally, only 85% of hospital beds should be occupied at any one time to ensure patients are treated safely, however, most hospitals are 90% full almost all the year round, rising to 95% in winter.
Roger Taylor, Director of Research at 'Dr Foster Intelligence', said:
"When hospitals get full up they have to put patients in the first bed they can find and that increases the risk. There’s also evidence that infections become much harder to control as hospitals become fuller."