Homeless people dying at 47: take action
New research for Crisis has shown that homeless people die 30 years before the national average - a shocking statistic that has not improved in the last two decades.
For too long homeless people have been failed by the health system – frequently left unable to register with a GP or access the specialist services they need.
We are demanding NHS reforms that take homeless people’s health needs seriously.
As Scott, aged 20, told us:
“I was on the streets for four months, and I was sleeping rough, I wasn’t eating, I wasn’t drinking, I was dying, physically and mentally dying, I was shaking and scared.
“I have got a lot of health problems, I’ve got a heart murmur, two stomach ulcers, asthma, hay fever and suffer blackouts which is a sign of epilepsy.
“It does worry me, [being] without a doctor. It worries me because being homeless is one of the worst things in this world … people end up dying of suicide or drugs or alcohol because they don’t feel they have a life anymore.”
Help make health services work better for people like Scott - write to your MP now
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