HL Deb 11 February 1998 vol 585 cc189-90WA
Lord Morris of Manchester

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they are satisfied that there is no discrimination between treatments for conditions which affect predominantly those under 65, and those which affect predominantly those over 65, within health authority guidelines on the prescription of medicines; and, if examples of discrimination are brought to their attention, what action they can take. [HL520]

Baroness Jay of Paddington:

Under the National Health Service, patients should receive the medication they need, regardless of their age. If a patient thinks he or she is being denied treatment because of a health authority policy, they should, in the first instance, raise this with the health authority concerned.