Do you care? Tackle the carers' crisis
There are almost a million people looking after someone with cancer in England*. Nearly half of them suffer with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression as a result of their caring. Without support these carers are facing a crisis, and if we don’t act now their numbers will rise. Find out our latest news.
What's the problem?
Nearly a million people in England look after someone with cancer. Macmillan research shows these cancer carers are in crisis:
47% of those looking after someone with cancer feel they aren’t getting the support they need
Nearly half (46%) of cancer carers suffer with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression
One in eight (13%) say it causes physical health issues
Only 5% receive a local authority carer’s assessment
More than 50,000 people in the UK may be providing over a working week’s worth of care to people with cancer – despite already holding a full-time job
Over the next few months a Care Bill will be debated in parliament. This is our chance to influence the government to make sure that carers are identified and get the support they need.
Watch our campaign film featuring stories from cancer carers.
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Our case study film shows why carers need support.
The next stage of the Bill’s progress through Parliament will be when it enters Report Stage on the 10th March 2014. Paul Burstow MP has tabled an amendment on the identification of carers by the NHS.
Read the latest news on the Care Bill’s journey through Parliament.
You can help by emailing your MP about the Bill to make sure no one caring for a loved one with cancer is left to face it alone. In particularly, please ask your MP to support Paul Burstow’s amendment on the identification of carers by the NHS.
Find out more
Hear more stories about caring for someone with cancer on our case studies page.
If you’re looking after someone with cancer, please visit macmillan.org.uk/carers or call us on 0808 808 00 00. You could also come in to one of our information and support centres to speak to someone face-to-face. No one should feel alone when caring for someone with cancer. Macmillan is here for you, every step of the way.
*This campaign has been prompted by the passage through parliament of a Bill that only relates to England, as care in Scotland, Wales and NI is managed by their own assemblies/parliaments. We have information and support applicable across the UK in our carers pages.