Published: 19th Mar 2019

A third of deaths among homeless people are caused by treatable conditions such as tuberculosis and gastric ulcers, a University College London (UCL) study has found. Academics led by Dr Robert Aldridge analysed nearly 4,000 in-depth medical records for 600 people who died in English hospitals between 2013 and 2016 and who were homeless when they were admitted. The research also found that homeless people were twice as likely to die of strokes as the poorest people who had proper accommodation and they were also more likely to be affected by heart disease. A fifth of the 600 deaths were caused by cancer and another fifth died from digestive diseases such as intestinal obstruction or pancreatitis. Dr Aldridge  said: ‘Our research highlights a failure of the health system to care for this vulnerable group in a timely and appropriate manner. ‘We need to identify homeless individuals at risk earlier and develop … (To read the full article, subscribe below)