Thousands of homeless patients are being discharged right back onto the street, sparking fears that they are left to recover from major operations while rough sleeping.

The data, obtained by The Guardian, found that 89 NHS trusts in England made 8,758 discharges of patient to no fixed abode in 2018, up almost 30 per cent from the 6,748 figure in 2014.

The biggest rises were seen in London with Barts Health, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College while Greater Manchester’s Northern Care Alliance which saw a 206 per cent increase over five years.

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