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Carers

Part of Bill Presented – in the House of Commons at 1:49 pm on 11th June 2009.

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Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow Shadow Chief Whip (Commons) 1:49 pm, 11th June 2009

According to the last census, there were about 19,000 carers in my constituency, but we have identified only about 4,000 or 5,000 in the borough. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one group of professionals most likely to come across carers—either because of a carer's ill health or the ill health of the person for whom they are caring—is general practitioners? GPs need to get training in order better to identify carers and then act as the facilitators in passing the information on to others.

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