Do you care?
Across the UK, over one million people look after someone with cancer yet half don’t receive any support at all.
In 2013/14, we campaigned to improve the identification and support of carers. You can see some of the things we campaigned to change in our report, Do you care? [PDF]. In it we call on the government, NHS England and other decision makers to prioritise carers.
We’re happy to report that things are starting to change. On 1 April 2015, the Care Act 2014 and statutory guidance came into effect. Under the guidance, local authorities and health bodies in England must work together to identify carers. This is important because the first step to making sure people caring for someone with cancer get the support they need is to recognise them as carers.
As with any law, it only makes a difference if it’s put into practice. We will continue to campaign on this issue to make sure all those caring for someone with cancer get the support they need.
What is your experience of looking after a family or friend with cancer? Did you feel supported? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your experience.