National media briefing: Age UK, Gingerbread, the Arrhythmia Alliance, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood and Action on Elder Abuse

Charities in today's national news

National media briefing
National media briefing

Older people are being denied vital surgery for cancer, hernia repairs and joint replacements because the NHS imposes "cut-offs" for treatment based on age discrimination, a report by Age UK has found.

See The Guardian for full story

The charity Gingerbread has launched a three-year campaign to highlight why getting single parents into work should be a government priority.

See The Guardian for full story

The footballer Fabrice Muamba is backing a new campaign by the charity Arrhythmia Alliance to install wall-cabinets containing defibrillators in public areas such as football grounds and outside pubs, churches and community centres.

See Sky News for full story

The television presenter Esther Rantzen has strenuously denied rumours she is facing the sack as patron of National Association for People Abused in Childhood charity after she failed to act on allegations that Jimmy Savile molested youngsters.

See the Daily Mail for full story

Action on Elder Abuse has expressed concern after an investigation revealed frail and vulnerable elderly people are being forced to rely on care in their homes from workers with convictions for theft and violence.

See The Daily Telegraph for full story


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