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Number of homeless people admitted to hospital rises by 60% in four years

The number of homeless people seeking NHS treatment has surged in the past four years, as the homelessness crisis fuels a health crisis, according to a charity.

The number of homeless people admitted to hospital has drastically increased over a four-year period. Now, The Salvation Army say the homelessness crisis could put further pressure on the health sector – and say better specialised services are urgently needed.

In the past year, 78,000 hospital visits, one every seven minutes, were made by people with “no fixed abode” in England, research by The Salvation Army suggests.

Freedom of information data from 114 NHS England Trusts shows between 2017/18 – 2021/22 hospital admissions dropped by 4% among the general population.

But for the homeless population, hospital admissions increased by 60% and the number of people presenting to A&E also increased by 33%.

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