St Mungo’s, London’s largest charity for homeless people, has stated that the current provisions are flawed.
Homeless people’s poor engagement skills and dysfunctional lifestyles make their treatment particularly challenging and therefore the charity feel they should be treated as a specific priority group, much in the same way as people with disabilities are.
‘Action is needed to deal with the wide scale problems,’ said Peter Cockersell, the charity’s director of programmes. ‘By recognising this, the government will not only help ease the suffering of so many homeless people, but also free healthcare workers from the pressures of dealing with it.’
Alongside the introduction of dedicated ‘case managers’, a St Mungo’s report recommends that GPs and nurses visit homeless hostels to establish stronger and more effective links.