Health and Wellbeing

National evidence

  • There is a wealth of local and national evidence which reports the poor health status of Gypsies and Travellers.  A lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality rate, poorer health outcomes and poorer access to preventative care is found in the Gypsy and Traveller population compared to the general population and there is evidence that mental health problems are more widespread.
  • There are issues around access to health services and lack of cultural awareness among healthcare staff impacts on this.  There are particular issues around encouraging men to access health services. 
  • Literacy problems may cause difficulties with reading communications such as hospital appointments/results and public health information.