It is estimated that homeless people attend A&E up to six times more than people with a home – and that now 70 per cent of homeless people are discharged back onto the street without their housing or on-going care needs after hospital being properly addressed.
The projects are run by voluntary sector organisations who will work with the NHS and local government to make sure homeless people get the best possible support and care after they leave the hospital. This will help reduce the number of homeless people who are readmitted to hospital.
Some of the organisations receiving funding will provide:
- Specialist training for hospital staff on the needs of homeless people;
- Support to make sure their care continues after discharge;
- Teams to support homeless people find accommodation that takes into account their health needs; and
- 14 care beds for people discharged from hospital thanks to over £1million from the fund.
Public Health Minister Anna Soubry said:
In today’s society, it is not acceptable that people are leaving hospital with no plans in place to discuss their ongoing care needs.
The £10 million we have awarded to these 52 projects will help stamp out the bad practice we know exists in some trusts when homeless people are discharged from hospital and make sure they have the support and care they need.
Housing Minister Mark Prisk said:
This Government is working hard to make every contact count, ensuring that homeless people have access to the help and support they need wherever they are – from the housing office to the hospital bed. Today’s funding, backed by a further £470 million Government investment in homelessness prevention, will reach people in need when they’re at their most vulnerable, getting them back on their feet more quickly, and saving local services the ongoing bills for repeat treatment.
Then he was replaced by a new minister!
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