Ep.71 – Too Many Preventable Deaths with Niamh O’Rourke

In this Reboot Republic podcast Rory talks to Niamh O Rourke, Senior Social Worker in Inclusion Health, St James’s Hospital Dublin. Niamh talks about how inequalities and isolation are affecting people in COVID, detailing the mental and physical health impacts of homelessness, especially unsupported private homeless accommodation and the need for greater investment in the Housing First approach. She explains about preventable early age deaths in homelessness and the compounding of traumas and inequalities. She outlines the need for long term policy responses by the Irish state, going beyond emergency responses to a vision for the right to housing and universal health care for all.

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