14 January 2015
Responding to Labour’s pledge to support family carers if elected at this year’s general election, Charlotte Argyle, Carers Support Programme Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We welcome Labour’s package of measures to improve support for carers, in particular the duty on health care professionals to identify carers.
“There are almost a million people looking after someone with cancer in England and nearly half of them suffer with mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression as a result of their caring. This doesn’t have to be the case but sadly too often people are unaware of the practical, emotional and financial support which is available for them.
“It’s therefore essential that all political parties and NHS leaders ensure healthcare professionals are supported to play more of a role in supporting carers alongside people with cancer. By identifying carers early, the NHS and local authorities can ensure carers get the support they need to look after their own health while caring for someone else.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
1 Macmillan Cancer Support. More than a million. January 2012. http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/Cancerinfo/Ifsomeoneelsehascancer/More_than_a_million.pdf
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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.
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