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Health Services

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent guidance his Department has issued to NHS organisations on the provision of treatment by Travellers. (284093)

The Department has embarked on work to improve the health status of Gypsy and Traveller communities, including the Pacesetter programme, which is designed to address health inequalities that arise from discrimination and disadvantage. Within Pacesetters, 18 participating trusts are trialling ways to improve access to the national health service for Gypsies and Travellers. The Department also commissioned NHS Primary Care Commissioning to produce a “Primary care commissioning framework: Gypsies and Traveller Communities”, published in May 2009 as part of wider work for transient populations. A copy of this publication has been placed in the Library.