Govt: Care bill already provides for carers

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.

– Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb

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