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Why emergency nurses have a vital role in care of the homeless

With the number of homeless people's visits to emergency departments soaring, simply showing kindness could make all the difference

With the number of homeless people's visits to emergency departments soaring, simply showing kindness could make all the difference

The number of visits by homeless people to emergency departments (EDs) in England has more than trebled since 2011, an investigation by the British Medical Association (BMA) shows.

Recorded visits to hospital EDs by patients classed as having no fixed abode reached almost 32,000 last year compared with 11,305 in 2011, figures show.

BMA public health medicine committee chair Peter English warned: ‘If this was some disease causing all these problems it would be a much higher priority, but because the homeless can be blamed and stigmatised it is easy for the government to ignore.

A continuing tragedy

32,000

patients classed as having no fixed abode in 2018, compared with 11,305 in 2011

Source: BMA

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