GPs in West Cumbria back £500,000 carers scheme
Carers in parts of West Cumbria are to benefit from a £500,000 scheme to offer help and respite.
The GP-led project will focus on Allerdale and Copeland initially, but could be expanded to other areas.
The NHS Cumbria cash will pay for a dedicated support worker as well as offering respite breaks for carers, domestic support and sitting services.
Recent figures suggest 9,908 people in Allerdale and 7,218 in Copeland care for a relative, neighbour or friend.
Dr Fayyaz Chaudhri, lead GP for Allerdale, said: "Caring for someone can be extremely rewarding, but also very difficult.
"Many people may feel unable to take time out for themselves to either complete daily chores, or simply to have some personal time.
"By agreeing this package of measures we hope that we will be able to support these people further to access extra support or peace of mind in an emergency."
Dr David Rogers, lead GP for Copeland, added: "Carers have a very difficult job to do and it's important that everyone in society works to support the selfless work these people choose to undertake.
"If anyone is caring for someone and they feel unable to cope then I'd encourage them to speak to their GP or contact the West Cumbrian Carers Organisation who will be able to offer advice and support where needed."