Health Care for Rough Sleepers

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/1648
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

You recently wrote to Zac Goldsmith MP about rough sleepers and people in temporary accommodation accessing healthcare in London. GPs do not have to register patients without a permanent address, and you said that your Draft Housing Strategy re-iterates that GPs should accept people in this situation. What other steps will you take to ensure this makes a difference on the ground?

Answer

Answer for Health Care for Rough Sleepers

Answer for Health Care for Rough Sleepers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As my letter to Zac Goldsmith outlined, my Draft Housing Strategy states that boroughs should continue to use mechanisms such as NOTIFY to ensure homeless households in temporary accommodation (rather than those actually sleeping rough) receive the services they need. In  addition the pan-London services I commission for rough sleepers have a key role to play in improving access to healthcare for homeless people, as my Rough Sleeping Commissioning Framework sets out. Current relevant projects include the Homeless Health Advocacy Project run by Groundswell, whereby peer mentors help rough sleepers access healthcare. In addition, those using the flagship No Second Night Out project have their health needs assessed and can be assisted to access the services they require.