‘Vital that carers are supported’ - Gildernew
Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew MLA has said Carers Rights Day is important to raise awareness and highlight the hard work carried out by carers on a daily basis.
The party’s Carers spokesperson said:
“There are currently 220,000 people in the north who are carers.
“Carers Rights Day is important to highlight the full extent of their duties and commitment which often goes unnoticed.
“Sinn Féin believe carers rights need to be supported and on a statutory footing to recognise the invaluable contribution carers play across our society and health and social care system.
“At present, carers only have a right to a carers assessment and not to services. It's vital that carers recognise their role and are empowered to get their carers assessment to help with their needs.
“The role of a carer can be challenging and often people face battles of their own - over 70% say their mental health has suffered as a result of their caring role.
“It is an economic imperative that we give carers the full support in which they deserve, particularly as over 24% of carers saying they have given up work to care.
“I will continue to work with the wide range of carers organisations to promote carers rights and interests. It is important we look after those who look after others.”