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Dublin hospitals told: If someone is homeless, you can't discharge them

The protocol is expected to be implemented during the first quarter of this year.
Jan 29th 2015, 1:41 PM 18,728 63

THE HSE HAS been told by the Government to ensure that no patient is discharged into homelessness.

It’s understood the new rules will initially apply to Dublin hospitals only.

The HSE told TheJournal.ie that it’s currently developing a formal discharge protocol with hospitals in the Dublin area and the homeless services to ensure that no patient will be discharged from hospital into homelessness.

The HSE expects the protocol to be implemented during the first quarter of this year.

It comes as figures for yesterday afternoon showed 427 people were waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country.

Dublin Region Homeless Executive has welcomed the new rules saying it’s important proper care and case management takes place.

Read: There was a queue of people waiting to use Dublin’s new homeless café when it opened last night>

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