The Average Age of Death of a Homeless Person in the United Kingdom is just 44 years. Despite the hard work by those involved and the fine words of politicians, London’s service provision REMAINS extremely poor


https://www.gov.uk/government/news/london-s-first-dedicated-detox-unit-for-homeless-people-set-to-open


https://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/health/islington-s-city-roads-detox-centre-shuts-after-41-years-3818850


Throughout New Labour and the subsequent austerity under Tories / Lib Dems, detox services have been halved in London. Funding was deliberately reduced, or made short term, the focus was on ‘abstinence’ not acceptance, understanding and support. In line with this ethos, services were set up to fail and went to the wall because dedicated, essential workers had their salaries deliberately slashed and were left feeling disillusioned.

ONE dedicated NHS in-patient detox unit for a City of 9 million amounts to a sticking plaster.

This historical, cross-party lack of care and support continues to feed into the statistic quoted above. An extremely early age of death for homeless people with complex physical and mental health care needs in 21st Century UK.


Given past failures, is there a genuine desire to address this? What can the £80 million initial investment following Dame Carol Black’s review achieve?



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