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Home care 'needs funding'

Princess Royal Trust for Carers

People who provide home care for a person undergoing cancer treatment need to be given a greater amount of help, one expert has said.

Liz Fenton, chief executive of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, believes that carers provide a vital role in the treatment of a disease which affects one in three people at some point in their lives, but there needs to be more funding to ensure that they get the help they require to fulfil their responsibilities.

A recent report from Macmillan Cancer Support found that over a million people who care for a cancer patient at home are not receiving benefits, as only five per cent of people who look after a loved one with the disease obtain support from their local authority.

Ms Fenton said it was "vital" that this scenario changed in the future as the "valuable unpaid care comes at a price" and affects people's own "emotional health and well-being".  

© Adfero Ltd


Private treatment news: 10 February 2012

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