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Putting cancer carers back in the picture

161_VirendaSharma_Macmillan_-_Carers_.JPGI joined Macmillan Cancer Support to show my support in their current campaign to put cancer carers back in the picture.

There is a strong need to recognise and improve the lives of carers who provide unpaid care to their loved ones selflessly and tirelessly in Britain every day.

The Care Bill subsequently needs to ensure that the NHS identifies mechanisms to support cancer carers. There are over 905,000 people in England that provide unpaid support for their loved ones with cancer and it is distressing to know that halfof these cancer carers are not receiving any help, despite it having a substantial impact on their lives.

Cancer carers come into contact with health professionals far more often than they do with their local authority. The NHS is not identifying and signposting enough of them to support. This means that as few as 5% receive a carers assessment.

Whilst the Care Bill places a welcome duty on local authorities to identify carers, this duty does not cover health bodies meaning cancer carers will continue to slip through the net.This is why I support Macmillan Cancer Support’s campaign calling for the Care Bill to place a shared responsibility on both the NHS and councils to identify carers. It is vital that we put carers back in the picture!

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