Ivan Lewis urges carers to pressure BMA on GP support

Posted: 09 November 2007

writes Lauren Revans

Care services minister Ivan Lewis has urged carers to pressure the British Medical Association over GPs’ reluctance to do more to address carers’ health needs.

Speaking at the first national carers summit in London yesterday, organised by charity Carers UK, Lewis agreed with delegates that something needed to be done to challenge GPs’ behaviour towards patients with caring responsibilities.

He said that the government wanted to take action on this and believed that addressing up carers’ health needs was no more than good practice. However, he added that discussions with the BMA about this always ended up turning to the issue of more money.

“GPs are already incentivised to take note of the needs of carers,â€Â