Aftercare for homeless hospital patients set to improve

Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart
Mark Lancaster and Iain Stewart

A move to improve after care and support for homeless citizens who leave hospital has been praised by the city’s MPs.

It is currently estimated that 70 per cent of homeless people who visit a hospital in the UK are discharged without having their health and housing problems sufficiently addressed.

A funding pot of £10 million has been put aside to aid support for voluntary organisations to collaborate with the NHS and local authorities to ensure homeless people receive the best support and care possible after they have left hospital.

MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, has welcomed the news and hopes it will provide long term aid.

He said: “This is encouraging news.

“Backed by a £470 million Government investment in homelessness prevention, this funding will ensure vulnerable people are given the right help early on, getting their lives back on track, saving the need for repeat treatment.”

Allowing homeless members of society to leave hospital without sufficient support is adding to costs on the NHS when they need to be readmitted.

And MK North member, Mark Lancaster, is positive the announcement will help curb this trend.

He said: “Homeless people are too often discharged back onto the street without their problems being properly addressed.

“This is damaging to their health and increases NHS costs through ‘revolving door’ admissions. This investment will ensure that homeless people get the support that they need when they leave hospital.”