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NHS sets out to tackle homelessness crisis

Homelessness has become so endemic in Britain that the NHS is launching specialist services for rough sleepers in seven of the worst-hit areas.

Despite repeated pledges by consecutive governments to tackle the housing crisis, about 320,000 people are homeless.

The problem is so acute that rough sleepers will be offered health advice and direct access to mental health care and GPs.

The specialist care will be offered in Birmingham, Hull, Brighton, Lincoln, Luton and Haringey and Lambeth, both in London, as part of a £30m drive. A further 13 areas are due to follow suit by 2023-24.

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