Caring for the carers

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:617

People who care for elderly or disabled relatives at home should be given a weekly allowance and a fortnight's holiday a year, says the BMA. The association says that a moderate increase in state benefits for Britain's 6.8 million carers could save taxpayers money in the long run.

The BMA's recommendations come in a report that cites several reasons why the current level of care provided by carers may not be maintained. It notes that the current divorce rate may lessen people's willingness to provide care, and …

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