Health Services: Homelessness

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 2nd November 2020.

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Photo of Scott Benton Scott Benton Conservative, Blackpool South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the increased use of digital health appointments on people who are homeless.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Local initiatives are in place to address digital barriers to access remote services, including access for the most excluded citizens. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with local service providers to ensure the homeless have access to the right healthcare and support including registering with a general practitioner and access to mental health services. NHS England and NHS Improvement are also working with Groundswell to understand the experiences of people who are homeless, in order to drive improvements in the services they receive.

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