Frostbite and trench foot affecting homeless people*

Cork Simon is aiming to provide Christmas dinners to homeless people they encounter [Image: Alan Betson/File photo].

How long until frostbite and trench foot appear among the UK’s homeless, if they are in Ireland?

Or are they here already but going unreported?

Cork Simon Community has expressed concern after coming across cases of trench foot and frostbite in the city’s homeless population.

A GP in the city emergency shelter recently came across a case of frostbite and a handful of people with trench foot, a condition in which the surface tissue blackens and dies due to prolonged exposure to damp and cold.

The number of homeless people in the city has risen this year with the emergency shelter full every night.

Source: Frostbite and trench foot affecting homeless people in Cork

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7 thoughts on “Frostbite and trench foot affecting homeless people*

    1. casalealex

      “almost”? Six years of hell! Deliberate genocide!

      “It ain’t us guv, blame anyone else except us, we ain’t done nuffin wrong, we are the good guys, and we are gonna carry on cheating and lying our way through the next four years of hell!”

  1. davidmortimermiltonkeynes

    Please will you kindly look at the evidence which says it costs tax payers less to house the homeless. The most comprehensive evaluation of housing related support services estimated that £1.6 billion investment generated net savings of £3.4 billion to public spending. Preventing homelessness is far more cost effective than dealing with it once it has occurred. The minimum cost saving of preventing someone’s homelessness compared to accepting a homelessness duty is between £1,300 and £7,700. If somebody ends up street homeless the costs are even greater: it is estimated that one person sleeping rough costs between £8,605 and £35,000 a year in crime, emergency health and social care services alone.

    National research demonstrates that homelessness & rough sleeping impacts significantly upon a person’s health & puts greater demands upon the health service, with 41% of homeless people attending Accident & Emergency Departments, 31% being admitted to hospital, 28% using an ambulance and 82% having visited a GP at least once within a 12 month period.

  2. Old Dave

    Radio Suffolk are asking for donations of socks and underwear as homeless people in Ipswich are suffering from Trench Foot.

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