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GPs need to do more to help health of homeless, says report

Inside Croydon

Croydon’s family doctors need to do more to help the homeless, according to report published this week by Healthwatch Croydon.

The study, Experiences of Homeless People Using Health Services, recorded the experiences of homeless people who were referred by the council into support hostels in November 2017. It found that adult homeless, particularly those with complex needs, were not supported by GP practices as well as younger homeless in similar accommodation.

There are nearly 2,300 people in Croydon either homeless or in temporary housing, according to council figures. Healthwatch Croydon, the local champion for better health and social care, focused on those who are homeless but are in support hostels.

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