The majority of carers in the UK feel their role is overlooked or ignored by healthcare professionals, latest survey results suggest.
The poll of almost 2,000 carers revealed that 87% said they feel unrecognised by healthcare workers, such as doctors, nurses and social workers.
The survey – launched today to mark the start of carers week 2009 - also revealed that 63% feel that their lives are made ‘much more difficult’ as a result of being overlooked or ignored.
Additionally, 74% said they have reached ‘breaking point’ due to the pressures of their caring role.
Carers Week manager, Paul Matz, said: ‘All too often carers slip under the radar and they struggle on alone. It is vital that health and social service professionals on the ground recognise the needs of people who are caring for others and ensure they are receiving the support they are entitled to and deserve.’
Carers Week 2009 runs from 8 to 14 June.