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Carers

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his department has had with NHS England on improving the support available to unpaid carers in the NHS Long Term Plan.

Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the NHS Long Term Plan is planned to include to ensure unpaid carers are (a) identified and (b) offered support.

Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of the NHS Long Term Plan on the health outcomes for unpaid carers.

Photo of Bambos Charalambous Bambos Charalambous Labour, Enfield, Southgate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to extend the provision of support for NHS staff who have unpaid caring responsibilities outside work; and whether that provision will be a core part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Government is committed to supporting carers to provide care as they would wish, and to do so in a way that supports their own health and wellbeing, employment, and other life chances.

The Long Term Plan is currently in development and the content of the plan is yet to be finalised. It is due to be published later this year. The Government expects National Health Service leaders, clinicians and experts to develop the long-term plan to ensure that the NHS can cope with the serious demand and cost pressures it faces in the future.

In addition, we set out our commitments to supporting carers in the short-term through the Carers Action Plan, published in June. The Plan includes commitments from across Government and the NHS. For example, NHS England and the CQC are working together to develop quality standards for general practitioner surgeries to demonstrate how effective they are in identifying and supporting carers. In addition, the Government is considering the question of dedicated employment rights for carers to help them to be better able to juggle their work and caring responsibilities.

We recognise that there is still more to do and that is why the forthcoming Adult Social Care Green Paper will include a focus on how society supports carers as a vital part of a sustainable health and social care system so that they are properly valued, recognised and supported to provide care in a way that supports their own health and wellbeing. We will continue to work with NHS England to ensure that carers receive support across the health and social care system.

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