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Better support for carers urged

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GPs will be given an information pack to help them identify and provide more support to the six million carers in the UK.

The guidance has been put together by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), alongside the Department of Health, the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Children’s Society.

Doctors will be able to attend workshops and access resources online as part of the drive to raise awareness of the “valuable part that carers of all ages have to play in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society”.

Emphasis has been placed on monitoring the wellbeing of carers themselves, as well as those they look after, and offering them easier access to information.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: “I want every carer to get the support and help they need.

“To achieve this we need to make sure we are identifying all those with caring responsibilities at an early stage.

“Because most people visit their GP surgery from time to time, we know that primary care can play a crucial role with this.

“I hope this educational programme will support healthcare staff in both identifying and supporting the carers within their community.”

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