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14
May

More funding for homeless care


Public Health Minister Anna Soubry has announced that £10m will be put toward delivering better care for homeless once they leave hospital.



“It is estimated that currently 70% of homeless people are discharged from hospital back onto the street without their health and housing problems being properly addressed,” The DH said.

The funding will support voluntary organisations to work with the NHS and that  better intermediate care is available after discharge. Soubry said: “Homeless people are too often discharged back onto the street without their problems being properly addressed. This is damaging totheir health and increases NHS costs through ‘revolving door’ admissions.

“We are making £10m available to the voluntary organisations to help make sure homeless people get the support that they need when they leave hospital.”

Homeless people attend A&E six times more than people with a home and are admitted to hospital four times as often. The cost of treating them in hospital is eight times higher than average at £85m.

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