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
Watch our film which shows why carers need support
Watch our campaign film featuring stories from cancer carers.
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Our case study film shows why carers need support.
March: During the Report stage on the 10 March, Paul Burstow MP tabled an amendment on the identification of carers by the NHS. In response, the Care Minister, Norman Lamb, confirmed that statutory guidance on this issue would accompany the Act. Thank you to all 27,000 campaigners who supported our campaign.
Read the latest news on the Care Bill's passage through Parliament|.
June: The Government is now consulting on its draft guidance which will accompany the new Care Act. We need to make sure that the guidance is strong and clear because no one should have to cope on their own when caring for someone with cancer. Please sign our open letter and help carers get the support they need.
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.