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Health Charities

Macmillan Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support
One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever face. If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, or a loved one has, you’ll want a team of people in your corner supporting you every step of the way. Macmillan provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Curie Cancer Care

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a UK charity dedicated to the care of people with terminal cancer and other illnesses. Over the financial year 2010/11, we reached a total of 31,799 patients

Youth Health Talk

Youthhealthtalk enables young people, their family and friends, and professionals such as doctors and teachers to understand young people's experiences of health, illness and life in general. The website feature real-life accounts of issues such as effect on work and education, social life and relationships, consulting health professionals and treatment.

Benefits Reform

Benefits Reform – Requests for GP Letters

The Benefits System is undergoing major changes and we are aware this is impacting on many of our patients.

GPs provide medical care to patients and are not in a position to administer nor to police the benefits system.  It is not appropriate for the GP to be asked for letters of support or letters to confirm housing or care needs.  GPs are not contracted or resourced to provide this service and do not have the capacity to do so.  Time taken up with paperwork is time taken away from direct patient care.  There are contractual and agreed methods for GPs to provide information to the Department of Work and Pensions, Local Councils and other agencies.  These are sent to the GP practice and GPs respond directly to the departments requesting information.

Therefore, we cannot respond directly to requests from patients for ‘letters of support’

If you have been told by any agency to obtain such a letter from your GP, then please ask at reception for a copy of this information which you can then give to the department and/or organisation which has told you to get a GP letter.


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