Homeless patients are being urged to seek treatment at ten GP practices in Greater Manchester instead of accident and emergency departments.

NHS policy states identification or proof of address is not needed to be seen by a GP, but some homeless people claim they have been turned away.

Practices in Manchester, Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Rochdale have now signed up to a new “homeless-friendly” scheme.

Michael Moores, who sleeps in an empty building, said it “would help”.

The scheme, which was set up by Dr Zahid Chauhan at social enterprise Beacon GP Care, has also seen survival kits, containing blankets, bottled water, sleeping bags and a list of surgeries, handed to rough sleepers.

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Greater Manchester GP practices start ‘homeless-friendly’ scheme

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