Following a recent Department of Health announcement, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed a funding boost from the Government for homeless people, which will mean that they are to receive better help once they leave hospital thanks to a new £10 million programme.
It is estimated that currently 70% of homeless people are discharged from hospital back onto the street without their health and housing problems being properly addressed. The funding pot will support voluntary organisations to work with the NHS and local authorities to create services to ensure that homeless people receive the best possible support and care after leaving hospital.
Commenting, Mike said: “It is encouraging that the Government is addressing this serious issue with £10m in additional funding. Adequate aftercare following medical treatment is entirely logical from a health point of view but also just the right thing to do. I have no doubt that local homeless charities will welcome this funding, as it aims to help improve the health of some of the most vulnerable people in society.”