Health Services: Travellers

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on implementing the recommendations and guidance produced by the National Inclusion Health Board with regard to access to health services by people who are Gypsy, Roma or Travellers.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Reports published by the National Inclusion Health Board have highlighted the need for an inclusive approach in planning and commissioning local services, set out useful examples of good practice for local areas to draw on in framing their services, and – through the Royal College of General Practitioners – published a guide on improving access to services for these groups.

The implementation of these recommendations and guidance continues to be carried forward by clinical commissioning groups, health and wellbeing boards and other key partners. We are continuing to consider what more can be done to improve the health outcomes of the Inclusion Health groups across the health system, including for people who are Gypsy, Traveller or Roma.

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