HC Deb 10 July 2003 vol 408 c999W
Mrs. Calton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent discrimination in the treatment of older people with breast cancer. [124372]

Dr. Ladyman

Standard One of the older people's national service framework (NSF) sets out the general commitment to address age discrimination in access to health and social care. The requirement to provide treatment and care on the basis of clinical need, and not age alone, applies equally to the treatment of breast cancer. Since the publication of the NSF in March 2001, significant progress has been made in starting to tackle age discrimination and there is a now a wider appreciation and awareness across health and social care of age discrimination as an issue.

In November last year, we released a computerised information tool to enable those implementing the NSF at local level to compare their treatment rates in 10 different hospital procedures, in relation to different age groups. This included information on the local age related intervention rates of breast cancer treatment.