Health issues for people on the streets.
Life expectancy is greatly reduced for people who are street homeless.
In part, this is because health concerns, though recognised, are not a priority on a day to day basis.
The delay in seeing a nurse or GP means that illnesses develop and become acute before they are dealt with – and when they are dealt with, they often involve A&E services instead of primary care.
In addition, the lifestyle of people who are street homeless frequently includes unhealthy activities, such as drug and alcohol dependency. Both can lead to life threatening illnesses.
It is important that people with long term health conditions and poor health access appropriate support.