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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1983 January; 33(246): 40–43.
PMCID: PMC1972614

Medical provision for the homeless in Manchester


The events leading up to the establishment of a separate primary care service for the homeless and rootless population in Manchester are described.

The organization, funding and commitment of the project are outlined and an insight into the life-style of this population is provided.

During the first quarter of 1981, 2,049 consultations were given. The most common causes for consultation were psychiatric, alcoholic and respiratory conditions.

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