Author: Age NI
Published on 05 December 2014 10:00 AM
Age NI has expressed surprise and huge disappointment following the announcement that OFMDFM will not honour the pledge to extend age discrimination legislation in the provision of goods, facilities and services as promised in the Programme for Government.
Duane Farrell, Age NI Director of Policy said, 'Older people experience age discrimination every day in accessing services like those for coronary, cancer, and mental health. They are excluded from receiving the healthcare they need because they are considered too old.
'A new law would have put a stop to this unequal treatment but today we learned that it is not going to happen. This means that age continues to be only ground in Northern Ireland where discrimination will still be legal.
'Older people have been hugely let down by this news, reinforcing the views expressed by 62% of people over the age of 65 who say they believe that politicians see them as a ‘low priority.
'This decision flies in the face of the broad public and political support that we know exists for this important legislation.
'Older people have campaigned on this issue for many years now and will not accept political decisions which treat them as second class citizens.'