It has recently been announced that the Department for Health will not be seeking any exceptions to the prohibition on age discrimination in services and public functions, due to come into force in April 2012. A consultation was launched on 3 March 2011, in which all Government departments can seek specific exemptions from the legislation. However, as part of its commitment to ensuring that all patients receive the best possible treatment, regardless of their age, the NHS will not be seeking any such exceptions. It is worth noting however that the ban does not apply to certain clinical decisions based upon age, such as the seasonal flu vaccine and IVF treatment.
Meanwhile, please see our most recent Employment E-bulletin for guidance on working without the default retirement age, which is being phased out with effect from April 2011.