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.
– chief executive of macmillan Ciaran Devane
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.