Homeless to get better health care

Scotland is to prioritise the health of homeless people, following
new guidance acknowledging the often extreme, and untreated, health
problems that many homeless people experience.

the guidance, which was launched by health minister Susan Deacon,
social justice minister Jackie Baillie and Sue Irving, the Scottish
executive’s health and homelessness coordinator, each NHS board
will be required to produce a health and homelessness action

The plan
must be completed by February and implemented by April 2002 as an
integral part of the local health plans.

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