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When a carer is not supported it has a "knock on effect" on the patient, warned the chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Ciarán Devane wanted to see the duty placed on local authorities to identify carers in the care bill extended to the NHS as well.
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.
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.
Carers are feeling increasingly vulnerable because they have not had enough training on the basics, like changing bandages or administering injections, a leading health charity found.
One such carer, Pamela Digney, from Lincolnshire, spoke to Macmillan about the challenges she faces looking after her husband Roy, 75, who had cancer removed from his spine:
Macmillan Cancer Support surveyed over 2,000 carers to find out how they were coping with helping to treat a patient on a day-to-day basis.
The health charity found:
- Of those with no or inadequate training, 63% had been left feeling distressed.
- And 50% said caring for a loved one with cancer left them feeling frightened.
- Over one in three, 34%, worried their loved one would need to take a trip to the hospital.
- Of those who perform healthcare tasks, 36% have had to urgently call a doctor or 999 to get support or advice on how to help the person they care for.
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.