Fair System - Access to Primary Care
Nationally the awareness of those that identify as homeless has been on the rise. With an increase in the number of homeless individuals questions have been asked about how they access primary care, if and when they should need it. Issues around addresses, documentation and identification are all valid issues as to why individuals may be put off from attempting to access care. The issue of accessing primary care for these reasons is not unique to homeless people and may affect many members of the community. As a result Healthwatch have investigated the requirements of GP practices so that the public can be better informed about their rights when accessing primary care.
HWERY have produced this report as a result of consultations with our stakeholders and direction from our Independent Strategic Advisory Body (ISAB), and homelessness forms part of our work plan for 2017/2018. This report examines the process by which those with no permanent address, those staying with friends, those sleeping rough and people with no identity documents register with a GP practice to access primary care.