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The EU can pave the way for the holidays to care

It is hard at the same time to fit a job and care for a family member with a serious illness.

A new EU directive, which must provide the relatives of the member states is entitled to five annual care days, to make it easier to make time for both.

the Older the Case hope that it's going to apply to all relatives, and it will be with full pay:

- But, as a minimum, a rate equal to the sickness benefit. The most important thing is that there will be one or other form of financial compensation, says the senior consultant and academic coordinator Marie Though Jensen.

She points out that many older and middle-aged have a widespread desire care days to fit, for example, a spouse or a sick parent.

A population survey conducted by KMD in 2018 shows that more than one third of the respondents have dependants between 18 and 70 years who are working or students, have used vacation or days off to be able to help.

16 percent have reported themselves sick, because their health was affected by their role as caregivers. 17 percent considering completely leaving the labour market.

Danish Patients, representing the patient 'and relatives' associations, have long called for care days. And that is why director Morten Freil satisfied with the EU agreement.

He points out that the recent years have become more demanding to be relatives.

- More treatment moved out in the patient's own home, and it is in many ways a good development. But it means an increased load of the relatives, and it is not sufficiently taken in account for in the day.

- Many become physically ill or suffer stress. Therefore, it is positive that there is a action on the way, says Morten Freil.

the Directive is based on an agreement between the European Parliament and the 28 member states.

Formally, the agreement should be approved in april, and then it is up to individual countries to introduce the scheme.

Yet, it is unclear under what conditions it is done in Denmark. But certain it is, that it will take several years - at least two-three, and it has been too long, believe Danish Patients.

- the european UNION must not become a crutch, and therefore, we are calling for the government now to ensure better conditions for the relatives. Recommendations from the Danish Health and medicines authority is already there, says Morten Freil.

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