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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Carers pushed to breaking point

From Carer Watch*

Press release from the charity Carers UK — which is not to be confused with the dreadful privatiser of services known as CareUK
11 September 2014
Carers across the UK are being pushed to the brink – suffering exhaustion, physical and mental breakdown as they struggle to care for older or disabled loved ones.
Carers UK’s Carers at breaking point research – based on a survey of over 5,000 carers1 – shows:
  • 6 in 10 caring for an older, disabled or seriously ill loved one have reached breaking point.
  • A quarter needing medical treatment as a result.
  • 63% suffered depression and 79% reported anxiety.
 Swheatie notes that Carer Watch is too independent of public funds to be 'a charity' as such. It is an online self-help network of family based carers too independent of any Government assistance to be considered a 'charity'. He also notes that carers save taxpayers more than the total budget of the NHS.

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