Carers 'need' more training

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.

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Lack of training leaves 63% of carers 'distressed'

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.

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