American Airlines “refused family their first class seats because captain claimed their Downs syndrome son was being disruptive”


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Family film the moment American Airlines “refused them their first class seats because their son has Down”s Syndrome”Family was told that their 16-year-old son with Downs syndrome was being disruptiveParents disagreed and said that the American Airlines pilot was uncomfortable with the boy”s disability and didn”t want him in first classThe family is now threatening to sue the airline

Elderly denied NHS care can sue: Ministers will outlaw age discrimination by hospitals


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Elderly denied NHS care can sue: Ministers will outlaw age discrimination by hospitals Those refused operations, test and scans can claim compensation from OctoberCare Services Minister says elderly are sometimes treated badly due to 'ageist attitudes'Patients or relatives can file legal action if treated without dignity | UPDATED: 23:00 GMT, 11 June 2012 Denying treatment to Health Service patients because they are too old is to be outlawed.

Epilepsy sufferers fear being laughed at or filmed if they have seizures in public


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Epilepsy sufferers fear being laughed at or filmed if they have seizures in public as survey reveals one woman was MUGGED as she lay prone | UPDATED: 23:05 GMT, 5 June 2012 Victim: Brannan was mugged while on the ground with a severe epilepsy seizure People with epilepsy are reluctant to leave the house fearing they will be laughed at, mugged or even filmed while having a seizure, a study has found.

"Prove that you"re disabled": What council told woman in wheelchair when she asked for key to toilets


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'PROVE you're disabled': What council told wheelchair-bound spina bifida sufferer when she tried to use toilets Nicola Parnell said staff told her to go home and come back with evidence she really had spina bifida | UPDATED: 17:32 GMT, 5 June 2012 A woman in a wheelchair who asked for a key to the disabled toilets was horrified when council staff told her to provide proof that she really had spina bifida.

Nursery nurse, 24, sues NHS for right to fertility treatment after being told shes too young for IVF


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Nursery nurse, 24, sues NHS for right to fertility treatment after being told she’s too young for IVF Andrea Heywood must wait until she's 30 to qualify for a free round of treatmentHer lawyer says Portsmouth City PCT's decision is 'unreasonable, unlawful and unfair'Postcode lottery means trusts can pick their own IVF criteria and don't have to follow national guidelines | UPDATED: 09:04 GMT, 4 June 2012 A 24-year-old nursery nurse who cannot conceive naturally is suing her local NHS trust which says she is too young to have IVF.

Overweight women "lose out in the hunt for jobs" and once employed are lower paid


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Overweight women 'lose out in the hunt for jobs' and once employed are lower paidResearchers say 'fat discrimination' is widespread in the workplaceMany bosses assume overweight staff are lazy of gluttons | UPDATED: 00:22 GMT, 1 May 2012 Fat discrimination: Many bosses assuming overweight staff are lazy Overweight women are far less likely to be selected for jobs than slimmer rivals, claim scientists.

Failure to treat elderly cancer sufferers "is costing 14,000 lives each year"


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Failure to treat elderly cancer sufferers 'is costing 14,000 lives each year'Britain has one of the worst cancer survival rates in Western worldThousands of elderly denied treatment after being deemed too frail By Sophie Borland PUBLISHED: 19:51 GMT, 25 March 2012 | UPDATED: 19:51 GMT, 25 March 2012 Up to 40 elderly cancer sufferers are dying needlessly every day because they are being denied the best treatments, a damning report warns.

Nurses: We"ve no time to talk to older patients because shortage of qualified staff is "compromising care" on the wards


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Nurses: We've no time to talk to older patients because shortage of qualified staff is 'compromising care' on wards | UPDATED: 00:20 GMT, 20 March 2012 Three out of four nurses say they have no time to talk to older hospital patients Three out of four nurses say they have no time to talk to older hospital patients and many are so rushed they can’t help them to eat, a report warns.

NHS accused of letting patients with learning disabilities die without consulting their families


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NHS accused of putting ‘do not resuscitate’ notices on patients with learning disabilities without consulting with their families A leading charity has accused NHS staff of thinking patients with learning abilities are not worth treating, often giving them 'do not resuscitate' notices without telling their families.