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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03354: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many people without a fixed address have been discharged from hospital in each year since 1999.

Answered by: Shona Robison 27 October 2016

The following table shows the number of patients discharged from hospital where no fixed abode was recorded in each calendar year since 1999.

Year

No fixed Abode

1999

203

2000

194

2001

216

2002

169

2003

145

2004

118

2005

110

2006

133

2007

130

2008

137

2009

133

2010

146

2011

226

2012

219

2013

359

2014

373

2015

342

Source: SMR01, ISD

No-one should be discharged from hospital to a position of homelessness. When a patient is identified as being homeless, it is the responsibility of the local authority to carry out an assessment under homelessness legislation. While the assessment is being carried out they will be entitled to temporary accommodation. Following assessment, if they are regarded as unintentionally homeless they will be entitled to settled accommodation.