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September 01 2019
"See! I told you - they're all drug addicts!" © Ken Pyne "See! I told you - they're all drug addicts!" © Ken Pyne

For the first time the Office for National Statistics have published numbers of homeless people who had died.

In December 2018 the government published numbers of homeless people who had died. There were 597 deaths in England and Wales during 2017(Office for National Statistics).

  • Many more deaths of homeless people occur in urban areas (574) compared to rural areas (26). (Office for National Statistics)
  • 165 names were read out at October 2018’s St-Martin-in-the-Fields service of Commemoration for people who have died homeless in London.
  • UCL researchers found nearly a third (30%) of homeless deaths were from treatable conditions that could have improved with the right medical care, e.g. TB, pneumonia or gastric ulcers. The research explored the in-depth medical records of 600 people that died while experiencing homelessness. #makethemcount
  • The Ferret reports in March 2019 that 139 people died while homeless in Scotland over the past 18 months. Many of the recent Glasgow deaths were connected to use of street valium.
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