St Mungo’s Broadway has launched a petition called ‘Homeless Health 47’ which relates to the government’s 47 days in office and the average age a person who is homeless dies.
The charity is urging people to sign the petition, asking the secretary of state for health Jeremy Hunt to “prioritise homeless health and drive urgent change in this Parliament”, reports 24dash.
Howard Sinclair, St Mungo’s Broadway chief executive said: “Almost twice as many people who use homelessness services have long term physical health problems and mental health diagnoses compared to the general public, and the average age of people who die while homeless is 47. These shocking health inequalities have no place in our society. Too many people who are homeless struggle with ill health, and too many find it difficult to access healthcare when and where they need it. Failure to treat people early also leads to overuse of emergency and acute health services. The 47 figure is also significant for us in that when we surveyed our clients last year, 47 per cent had a significant medical condition. That is why we are asking people to sign our petition, share their concern and together we want to urge the health secretary to drive forward improvements in healthcare for homeless people.”
You can sign the HomelessHealth47 petition, sign here
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