n have on the lives of many carers, this survey has highlighted just how wide-spread the situation is where health is concerned.
"Carers themselves need to understand these issues and make the most of the services that are available to them, in order to ensure they can carry out their roles without creating long-term health problems for themselves."
Mr Matz added: "Carers Week 2006 will be stressing the importance of carers health and emotional well-being. Improving healthcare provision for the UK’s six million carers makes sense not just for carers, but also for every single person who is supported as a result."
The survey revealed that 40% of the careers are caring for a partner, 32% for a daughter or son 21% for a parent, 5% care for some other relative and 1.7% for a friend.
Gloria Hunniford, who cared for daughter Caron Keating before her tragic death from cancer, added: "The role of carers should never be underestimated. Carers take on so much responsibility, worry and stress.
"They are often so concerned about the welfare of the person they are looking after, that they completely neglect their own well being. I hope my support will help raise awareness of the issues facing carers in the UK today and encourage more to seek help."
The twelfth annual Carers Week has been supported as well as jointly organised by Carers UK, Help the Aged, Crossroads Caring for Carers, Macmillan Cancer Support, MS, Counsel and Care, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers,Society, Rethink.
A website www.carersweek.org has been set up providing details of the Carers Week and the events organized for the week. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers.
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