£10m funding for hospital aftercare for the homeless

  • It was announced today that The Department of Health will be inviting charities to bid for funding to work with homeless.

    Anna Soubry, Public health minister, has announced £10m funding to ensure homeless people are to receive better help once they leave hospital. 

    Anna Soubry 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. We are making £10 million available to the voluntary organisations to help make sure homeless people get the support that they need when they leave hospital. It is estimated that currently 70% of homeless people are discharged from hospital back onto the street without their health and housing problems being properly addressed.

    The funding pot will support voluntary organisations to work with the NHS and local authorities to create services to ensure that homeless people receive the best possible support and care after leaving hospital.  The £10 million funding will also be used to ensure better intermediate care is available after discharge - vital for recovering from health problems such as TB.

    Homeless people attend A&E six times more than people with a home and are admitted to hospital four times as often. The cost of treating them in hospital is eight times higher than average at £85 million.

    NHS England will be working with local commissioners to make sure the projects are sustainable into the future. An application process has been launched for voluntary sector organisations to bid for funding.

    Bids for funding should be received by 8 July 2013.

    Source: Press Release, Department of Health

     


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