Homeless people must be given “more than just a roof over their heads,” say campaigners, after official figures revealed a record number died last year.
Scotland has a higher rate of homeless deaths than other UK countries, according to official statistics showing that 359 people died over a two-year period.
Scotland's national records will begin publishing specific statistics on homeless deaths for the first time next month.
Charities are demanding urgent action to prevent a “tragic” loss of lives, as updated figures reveal at least 139 people have died while homeless in Scotland over the last 18 months.
Scotland's national records office says it will undertake a review that could see it count the deaths of homeless people for the first time.
Senior figures working in homelessness are calling on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland to urgently investigate the deaths of those who are homeless.