NHS hospitals are being urged to do more to help homeless patients, in a report commissioned by the government.
The report acknowledges that some staff feel that patients’ housing needs are beyond the remit of hospitals.
But it says a more intensive approach to the homeless can cut the cost of them repeatedly turning up as emergency cases.
The NHS Confederation said the problem could not be solved by the health service alone.
The report, by Homeless Link and St Mungo’s, quotes the example of a special team at University College Hospital (UCH) in London which has helped save £100,000.