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Charity calls for NHS to commission services to improve health of homeless people

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 02 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6608
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Health services need to be better geared to meet the needs of homeless people, the charity Crisis has said after research it commissioned showed that people living on the streets die 30 years younger than the national average.

Homeless people should be able to register more easily with a GP and be kept in hospital until accommodation and support are set up for them in the community, says the charity for single homeless people in its report.1

A review of death records in England between 2001 and 2009 identified 1731 as being those …

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