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UK carers feel ignored by healthcare professionals, survey shows

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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.

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  • It is a great shame that 'carers are not considered' more during the discharge and future plans. That they are not simply treated as second class options - being a carer for five different people over 15 years one must ask is the system following guidelines, Are procedure being followed, Are statutes being followed - sadly the answer is a resounding No to all points - finally carers will always have problems coping when the establishment think a 95% of requirement service is acceptable
    I know of people who are provided cooks - but not shoppers - pills placed next to patients but unopened - Stress aint the half of it with the secrets kept by all professionals lies perpeturated as fact.
    seven court hearings concerning care in the community gives me knowledge to write
    Sadly Caring is 'not permitted' by the establishment. Only Finance is considered

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