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Carers are the 'hidden health service' - Brady

7 June, 2011 - by Mickey Brady

Newry and Armagh MLA and member of the Health Committee Mickey Brady speaking during Carers Week has acknowledged the role of Carers in providing 'the hidden health service' and has called for more support to the sector.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

"Carers are way too often undervalued despite their outstanding, dedicated and time consuming role.

"They face many challenges when discharging a high level of care to family members of friends and are really the hidden health service filling a huge gap in health provision. If the role of the carer were to be done away with the cost to the health service would be phenomenal.

"It should not be forgotten that carers save the £2bn a year to the health service.

"Despite this carers face unprecedented levels of hardship with benefits and support being eroded even more under the so called Welfare reform measures being pursued by the British government.

"Carers week provides us with a unique opportunity to celebrate and recognise the significant role that carers play in our society and raise awareness of their needs and the needs of those they care for. We all need to redouble our efforts to ensure they are adequately  supported for their role to society."

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