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Changing the outlook for homeless people

One in 200 people in the UK is without a home and increasing numbers are sleeping rough. In response, the RCN has called for national action and a ‘broader approach’ to meeting homeless people’s needs.
Homeless person on street

One in 200 people in the UK is without a home and increasing numbers are sleeping rough. In response, the RCN has called for national action and a ‘broader approach’ to meeting homeless people’s needs

  • The number of people sleeping rough in England has doubled since 2010
  • Homelessness takes a high toll on people’s mental and physical health
  • Innovative nurse-led programmes are bringing healthcare to people on the streets

The RCN is calling on all four UK governments and the NHS to agree a rapid plan to make routine care and treatment for homeless people more easily available during the cold winter months.

RCN general secretary and chief executive Janet Davies points out that specialist homelessness mental health teams have been subject to major funding cuts

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