The health of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK

Author: Matthews, Zoe

Briefing series: Better Health Briefing Paper 12

Publisher: Race Equality Foundation

Publication date: November 2008

The health of Gypsies and Travellers in the UK
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The health status of Gypsies and Travellers is much poorer than that of the general population, even when controlling for confounding factors such as variable socio-economic status and/or ethnicity. Gypsy and Traveller health receives scant attention in policy documents on health inequalities, meaning that problems of poor access to, and uptake of, health services may go unnoticed. This paper draws attention to some examples of good practice, and argues that these should be funded and replicated across more localities.