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Carers Trust responds to winter funding for NHS and social care

Responding to the Department of Health and Social Care’s announcement of £240m of winter funding for the NHS and social care, Carers Trust’s CEO, Kirsty McHugh, said:

"Additional funding to ease winter pressures is always welcome. Sadly, however, it amounts to little more than a short-term sticking plaster, with millions of unpaid family carers left to cope with the fallout of packed hospitals and a lack of social care packages this winter.

“It’s vital that unpaid carers are included in hospitals’ discharge planning to cut avoidable re-admissions and that local carer organisations can access funds to provide sorely-needed support. The Government’s adult social care winter plan highlights how unpaid carers must be considered with contingency planning, short breaks and direct payments. It’s high time this was delivered.”

For further information, please contact: 
Mark Chandler, Carers Trust Media & PR Officer, on mchandler@carers.org and 07712 427808

 

 

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