Scotland can do more to improve services and support for carers, the deputy minister for health and community care has said.
While launching a research report by the Scottish Executive's Care21 team, Lewis Macdonald said although the report shows Scotland has many of the basic building blocks in place to deliver improved support, it can still do more to ensure that a more strategic national approach is developed.
"The report being launched today sets out a series of recommendations covering a wide range of issues affecting carers and I congratulate the team who delivered this work.
"The Executive will work with carers' organisations and other stakeholders to ensure that all implications are taken into account."
Elaine McGonigle, director of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers said the organisation welcomed the report and congratulated the project on its extensive consultation with carers.
"The Princess Royal Trust for Carers looks forward to working with the Executive and other agencies to support the successful implementation of these recommendations over the coming years," Ms McGonigle added.