"...like when I drive by in the car and I'm seeing some guy lying in the street I'm like, 'That's a human being. Lying on the street...' That to me is just deep, deep injustice...The most marginalized, the most traumatized, and yeah you know what? You, can sleep in the street as well too."
If the urgency of the Covid-19 response is teaching us anything, it's that where there's a will there can be a way. Simon Colgan's a doctor in Calgary in Canada, where he founded CAMPP, an agency to provide palliative care for people who are homeless or in vulnerable housing situations. Amongst other things, he says, if a pandemic can lead to a city finding accommodation for homeless people in very short order, why can't it happen in 'normal' circumstances? He talks about the privilege of working in palliative care; the regrettable need to evaluate health services in terms of value for money; the deserving and undeserving poor and how his Northern Ireland beligerence contributes to his sense of social justice.
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