Gavin Strang, MP for Edinburgh East has applauded the launch of a new campaign ‘Carers want health checks!’ which has been unveiled as part of this year’s Carers Week (12-18 June).
Almost one in eight people provide unpaid help and support to a relative or friend who is either frail, sick or disabled.
Over 5,600 carers took part in a major national survey which reveals that more than three quarters (79%) say that their health has been affected by caring, with stress and depression being amongst the most common complaints. Almost as many (71%) say that health problems affect their ability to care.
Acting on the results of this study – the largest ever in the UK – the eight national charities that make up the Carers Week partnership are calling on the NHS to introduce regular health checks within 12 months of someone becoming a carer, and regularly thereafter.
Together with over 240 other MPs, Gavin Strang has signed a parliamentary Early Day Motion, supporting carers and Carers Week (EDM 2043).
Gavin Strang MP said:
‘I am pleased to have this opportunity to show my support for carers and Carers Week. There are many people in our local community that give their time selflessly to care for others, and it is important that we recognise their health needs. Offering regular health checks is one way we can do this.
‘It is striking that so many carers say their health has been affected by caring.
‘I urge carers not to neglect themselves, but instead ensure they use the services available to them and look after their own health, as well as the person they care for.’