Intended for healthcare professionals

Research Article

Medical housing "lines".

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 293 doi: (Published 09 August 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;293:370
  1. H S Kohli


    General practitioners are often asked for medical certificates (housing "lines") by applicants for council housing who claim to have medical problems requiring housing priority. The results of a survey by questionnaire showed that general practitioners in Edinburgh do not know how the housing system works and that they seem to overestimate their patients' chances of obtaining suitable council housing. General practitioners need to know how the housing system works, and communication between general practitioners and housing departments should be improved. A comparison was also made between the number of medical points awarded by a community medicine specialist and a group of general practitioners who had written housing "lines" for their patients. The general practitioners tended to award more points than the specialist. Social priority for housing should be recognised as an independent factor and a new category of top social priority added.