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NHS: Gypsies

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 25 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to ensure that Gypsies and Travellers have the same access as others to the NHS. (282088)

The Department has embarked on a programme of work to improve the health status of Gypsies and Travellers. The programme, including Pacesetters, is aiming for better awareness of community needs among national health service professionals; more effective health promotion among Gypsy and Traveller communities; and better access to both primary and secondary care for community members. This work is based on engagement and partnership working with both the NHS and Gypsy and Traveller communities.