The Carers Association of Ireland has told the Oireachtas Social and Family Affairs Committee that there is a need for a task force to implement measures to deal with the needs of family carers.

The Chief Executive Officer of the association, Enda Egan, said that at the moment carers, who collectively work more than three million hours a week, are in need of training and education as well as remuneration.

He also said the various Health Service Executive regions were inconsistent on the question of providing family carers with equipment.

Mr Egan said there was a need for counselling for carers, because very often the health of the carer collapses once the caring is over.

The association is outlining its strategy on carers, which it hopes the Government will take on board in the next National Development Programme.