Carers tending to a cancer sufferer perform tasks they have not been trained for and are not comfortable doing, a health charity found. MacMillan Cancer Support discovered 240,000 carers wanted more training to adequately care for a loved one.
The care bill already contains proposals designed to support carers, the care minister has said.
Norman Lamb agreed with Macmillian Cancer Support, that carers made "a huge contribution" to the UK, but continued with plans to have them identified by the local council, rather than the NHS.
Carers make a huge contribution to society and we want to do all we can to support them.
We agree that there needs to be better joint working and proposals already in the care bill will mean that local authorities will have to co-operate and work closely with the NHS to identify and support carers.
We have also provided £400 million to the NHS for carers breaks and given over £1.5 million of funding to help develop initiatives with GPs, nurses and carers organisations to train people to help support them in their caring roles.
Serious changes should be made the to care bill, currently making its way through Parliament, to better support carers, a leading health charity has said.
Ciaran Devane, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said it was "nonsensical" that the care bill places a legal duty solely on local authorities to identify and support cancer carers.
Caring is a huge responsibility taken on out of duty and love. Families and carers are the backbone of society and they deserve to be supported.
Without support, cancer carers can go beyond breaking point which is bad for them and their loved one but is also costly to the NHS and ultimately to the taxpayer.
By identifying cancer carers and explaining what information and support is available, health professionals can vastly improve their quality of life and help them to continue caring - which is what they want to do.
Carers tending to a cancer sufferer are performing tasks they are not trained to do properly and often feel overwhelmed, a leading health charity has found.
Around 240,000 people care for a cancer patient who will require injections, a catheter and a change of bandages but 53% of those say they have had little or no instruction from a healthcare professional.
One in five, 21%, cancer carers who had received some training said it was not enough.
Macmillan is now calling for changes to be made to the care bill, which was discussed in the House of Lords last week, to ensure the NHS in England supports cancer carers.