Byrne demands action on failing healthcare for homeless
people as statistics reveal Birmingham tops the list of homeless deaths
Liam Byrne has today written to the head of the Care Quality
Commission to demand transformation of care for homeless people as new
statistics reveal Birmingham tops table for deaths of homeless people.
New ONS statistics reveal at least 75 people died in the
city over four years as safety nets crumble for people sleeping rough.
Liam Byrne’s research shows a nearly 1000% increase in
people sleeping rough in Birmingham since 2010.
Doctors in Birmingham have now been in touch with Mr Byrne
to point out that NHS services for homeless people are currently rated
‘inadequate’, and the contract for primary care services for homeless people is
about to run out at the end of March without any clarity over the services that
will be taking its place.
The latest report from the Care Quality Commission rated
services for homeless people in Birmingham as “inadequate” overall, as well as
not meeting basic standards for being safe, effective, responsive or well-led.
Commenting on the release, Liam Byrne MP for Hodge Hill,
“It is simply unacceptable we have more homeless deaths than
any other part of the country. I have been warning about this moral emergency
“The safety net of addiction services is falling apart and
now we learn doctors have real concerns about primary care for the people
sleeping on our streets.
“Birmingham Council is doing everything in its power to
combat this crisis, but with the equivalent of four 20-storey tower blocks
presenting as homeless each month, the council urgently needs support from
central Government. I will be demanding action from the Secretary of State when
I meet with him tomorrow.”
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