Today Carers UK published new research showing that More than 600 people a day leave their jobs because of the demands of being a carer.
The pressures of looking after an elderly, ill or disabled relative have made almost half a million people quit their jobs in the UK in the past two years, says Carers UK.
The report calls for more flexibility in the workplace for carers.
Commenting in response, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Advocacy and Change at national hospice and palliative care charity Hospice UK, said:
“The carers of people with terminal and life-shortening conditions face considerable pressures, which can negatively impact on their jobs, so we welcome this call by Carers UK for more flexibility by employers.
“No carer should be forced to choose between their job and their caring responsibilities and more employers will need to adapt their working practices, especially if we are to better support the needs of the UK’s growing ageing population.
“The Government must act soon on its manifesto commitment to do more to support working carers.”
Notes to editors
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. It works to ensure all adults and children living with a terminal or life-shortening illness receive the care and support they need, when they need it.
- Hospice UK supports 210 hospices across the UK which care for over 200,000 adults and children every year
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceuk
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk
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