Health and wellbeing of Gypsies and Travellers

Publisher: Irish Traveller Movement in Britain

Publication date: March 2012

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Despite a lack of national data on the health status of Gypsies and Travellers, studies have revealed their health outcomes to be much poorer than the general population and also poorer than others in socially deprived areas. Gypsies and Travellers have the lowest life expectancy of any group in the UK and experience an infant mortality rate which is three times higher than the national average. Despite this, the Department of Health do not include Gypsies and Travellers as one of the 16 ethnic minority categories monitored by the NHS.

This briefing summarises research on Gypsies and Travellers health and wellbeing outcomes, evaluates how existing and emerging health policy affect these groups, and highlights models of good practice that pave the way forward.