Carers

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services) 2:30 pm, 13th March 2007

With all due respect, this Government introduced the annual carers grant for every local authority for the first time in 1999; this Government introduced the right for carers to request flexible working from employers; and this Government, through Parliament, are arranging for carers to be able to claim credits towards their pension entitlements. The cross-government review will take account of the fact that millions more people will fulfil caring responsibilities in the future, because as people live longer they also develop more conditions. Of course we will examine the issue that the hon. Gentleman has raised, but I remind him that the shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer recently made very clear—

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ken maddison
Posted on 14 Mar 2007 12:31 pm (Report this annotation)

The only thing this Government has ever done is make life more difficult for carers.
All the money being wasted in the NHS -chasing targets and swelling the ranks of managers while medical staff are dissilusioned and leaving in droves -means that carers no longer trust the NHS to look after their carees who can do nothing for themselves.
Nothing is ever done to help the 24/7 carers, and this Government will only listen to the charities who are funded by them and roll over to everything thrown at true carers.
When will anybody listen and act on what real carers actually need??