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National Inclusion Health Board welcomes the Government’s ambition to put an end to rough sleeping

8th July 2011

The National Inclusion Health Board welcomes the announcement by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to put an end to rough sleeping by pledging to work with councils and the voluntary sector to ensure that nobody spends a second night sleeping rough on Britain’s streets.

Responding to the announcement of the roll out of ‘No Second Night Out’, Chair of the National Inclusion Health Board, Professor Steve Field said:

“I am pleased to see the Government taking action to protect the most vulnerable in society and addressing the difficult challenge of rough sleeping.

“Inclusion Health will support the Government by bringing partners together to identify what more must be done to include the needs of homeless people in the commissioning of health services and what more can be done to prevent homeless people being discharged from hospital back on to the streets.

“Rough sleepers have very poor health outcomes; as many as 40 per cent have multiple concurrent health needs relating to mental and physical health, and substance misuse.”

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