[Hpn] 90% of homeless suffer ill-health

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Wed, 12 Dec 2007 02:35:57 -0500


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90% of homeless suffer ill-health
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Specialist medical care must be provided for the homeless as new figures =
reveal 90% of those living rough suffer ill-health, a leading charity =
said.

Almost half of those living on the streets experience mental health =
problems, while the majority experience difficulties with alcohol or =
drugs, the Simon Community has found.

Its annual report, launched by Housing Minister Batt O'Keeffe, revealed =
55 people who used the charity's services in 2006 died because of =
illness and the body said further deaths would occur unless action is =
taken. Patrick Burke, the organisation's chief executive, said medical =
services were generally out of reach for the homeless as many do not =
have a medical card and are not able to afford treatment.

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