Homeless death rate is ‘a scandal’

    Homelessness groups are calling for better monitoring of
    homeless people who die on the streets or in hostels after figures
    showed 85 deaths in London in the past year.

    Organisations including day centres and night shelters sent
    names to charity Unleash: Church Action on Homelessness in London,
    which collects the information every year.

    Unleash organiser Alastair Murray said homelessness groups were
    “scandalised” by the number of deaths.
    He said: “This suggests that many people could not be getting the
    health services they need.”

    A commemoration service for homeless people who have died was
    held this month at St Martin in the Fields church in central
    London.

    Projects manager at St Martin in the Fields Roger Shaljean said
    many of the people who had died over the year had suffered from
    respiratory conditions, mental health problems and alcohol-related
    illnesses.

    Research conducted by Crisis found rough sleepers have an
    average life expectancy of 42 years and were 35 times more likely
    to commit suicide than the general population.

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