7 May 2014
Responding to NHS England’s Commitment to Carers, a package of measures to help the NHS better support people providing unpaid care, Laura Keely, Campaigns Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“An estimated 905,000 people in England are providing vital support to a loved one 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 support.
“We welcome NHS England‘s package of measures to improve support for carers. We look forward to working with them to ensure everyone caring for a loved one with cancer doesn’t go through it alone and gets the help they need and deserve.
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media & PR Officer (Services & Influencing), Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (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