Attention all Carers:
Two issues dominated my work recently.
The other big issue this week has been my Private Member’s Bill. Many of you may know I am trying, through the bill, to obtain free hospital parking for carers. Support for this is growing but, if I am to be successful, I really do need your help. I know from my conversations with so many of you, that hospital car park charges are a problem for many carers, who often spend a lot of time hospital visiting.
Unpaid carers miss out on a holiday
7 million people are unpaid carers in the UK but as the schools break up for the summer and families go on holiday, two thirds of those carers say they don’t expect to go on holiday this year.
According to the latest statistics, 3 in 5 of us will be carers at some point in our lives.
- 68% said they wouldn’t go on holiday this year.
- 50% haven’t had a holiday for between 1 and 5 years.
- 25% haven’t had a holiday for over 5 years.
Victims of the NHS blood scandal have reacted with anger and disappointment after the government announced a delay in spending £25m to help those affected.
Prime minister David Cameron apologised in March for the saga that saw thousands of people accidentally infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood and blood products used by the NHS before 1991.
The PM pledged £25m would be allocated to ease transition to a reformed system of support for people who have had to live with the conditions ever since.