People being treated for cancer will be eligible for free prescriptions from 1 April 2009 and can apply for free prescriptions from today.
The new scheme, announced by the Prime Minister in September last year, abolishes NHS prescription charges for everyone undergoing treatment for cancer, the effects of cancer, or the effects of cancer treatment.
Up to 150,000 patients already diagnosed with cancer are expected to benefit, and may save �100 each year in prescription charges.
All cancer patients are entitled to apply for a 5-year exemption certificate, which will entitle them to all their NHS prescriptions free of charge, not just those relating to cancer. The certificate can be renewed as many times as necessary and will not have to be returned if the patient's condition changes.
Application forms can be collected from GP surgeries and oncology clinics from today and must be countersigned by the patient's GP, hospital doctor or service doctor.
Applications received by 24 March 2009 will be processed in time to be used for 1 April 2009. Patients who do not receive their certificate in time may have any prescription charges they have paid since the 1 April refunded.
There is a shortage of social workers across England with the vacancy rate at 14%. This is compared with a vacancy rate of 11% in 2005. Eight local authorities are now missing at least a third of the required number of social workers.
Induction training has taken place in the office in Norwich.
Mandy Gulatar, Manager for the South West has attended a course re. "Safeguarding Adults".
A new post has commenced in London for a lady with Motor Neurone Disease. Care Manager is Sam on 01603 281918 Sal. �587.00pw inc.
For further information contact 0845 241 2582 http://www.carersweek.org
Carers UK give the following statistics to demonstrate how important the carers are that the organisation supports:
There are 6 million carers in the UK which means that one in eight adults in the UK is a carer.
3 million people juggle work with caring responsibilities for a disabled, ill or frail relative or friend.
The main carers' benefit works out at �1.34 per hour for a minimum of 35 hours.
Every year, 2 million people take on new caring responsibilities.
58% of carers are female and 42% are male.
1.5 million carers are over the age of 60.
Carers unpaid contribution is worth �87billion per annum.
People providing high levels of care are twice as likely to be permanently disabled or sick.
1.25 million people care for more than 50 hours per week.
Question of the Week
"Question � My daughter has a disability and has moved into a care home. They said my daughter could use the downstairs toilet as she has slow mobilty. Seven months later they have changed their mind, stating she has to use the upstairs toilet. I am concerned they have made a change, and not discussed it with me. What are our rights, to maintain my daughter's safety?"
Answer : I would begin by having an informal chat to a member of staff or the manager of the care home and express your dissatisfaction that you were not given the opportunity to discuss the�changes to your daughter's care�routine and are of the opinion that you should have been given such an opportunity.
Explain how you are fearful of your daughter's safety and if they have not already done so, can they carry out a risk assessment on this change to her routine. If they have already carried out an assessment, ask if you can see it.
If you are not satisfied after this then you can make a formal complaint to the care home using their Complaints Procedure which they will give to you if you don't have a copy already.
If this does not resolve the issue to your satisfaction then you can after you have taken the above steps contact the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the local number will be in the Telephone Directory.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.