The Equality Bill is before Parliament at the moment, and it will, for the first time, impose an explicit requirement that there should be no discrimination on grounds of age, including in the provision of health and social care.

Despite the younger cast in “Casualty” and other medical dramas, roughly two in three inpatients are over the age of 65, and there is no doubt that this legislation could have an enormous affect on the way in which health and social care is delivered.

The consultation, which seeks views on the recommendations and conclusions arising out of the Carruthers review (which was set up to look at age discrimination and age equality in the health and social care sectors) can be accessed here and is open until 15 February 2010.