28 November 2014
Responding to Labour and Liberal Democrat announcements to mark Carers Rights Day, Laura Keely, Campaigns Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“We welcome both Labour and Liberal Democrat plans for a package of measures to improve support for carers. It is vital to ensure everyone caring for a loved one with cancer doesn’t go through it alone and gets the help they need and deserve.
“An estimated 1.1 million people in the United Kingdom are currently caring for someone with cancer but despite the devastating impact caring can have on their own mental and physical health, half receive no help whatsoever.
“As cancer carers aren't routinely identified by the NHS or their local authority, many are unaware of what help is available and are missing out on much-needed practical, emotional and financial help. We therefore support Labour and Liberal Democrat plans to place a duty on the NHS to identify carers.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200
today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00
(Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk