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Success in campaign to make carers NHS priority

11 January 2011

Carers UK responds to the launch of the Government's new 'Outcomes Framework' for the NHS.

Carers UK Chief Executive Imelda Redmond CBE has welcomed the inclusion of carer health in the Government's new NHS Outcomes Framework:

"Our health and social care services could not function without the contribution made by the UK's 6 million unpaid carers. Yet, without support, carers are too often pushed to breaking point and see their own health suffer. To tackle this, Carers UK has long campaigned for carers to be made a priority in the NHS, and for services to be monitored for how well they support carers and improve carers' health.

That is why we warmly welcome the Government's inclusion of carers in the first NHS Outcomes Framework. This document sets out the way services will be judged and evaluated in the future and it is a big step forward to have carers included as one of 31 'improvement areas' for the NHS. The Government has accepted our arguments that carer health must be given priority, and this Framework will help us to hold the NHS to account on how well their services are improving carers' lives, and not just the lives of the people they care for.

In addition, the fact that social care services will be assessed with the same indicator, marks real progress promoting deliver the kind of joined-up support carers need from councils and the NHS to make sure caring does not lead to ill-health and physical injury."

The full Framework can be downloaded from www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_122944

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