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Gypsies 'have poorer health'

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The UK's 300,000 gypsies and travellers fair significantly worse than other vulnerable groups when it comes to health, say researchers.

The UK's 300,000 gypsies and travellers fair significantly worse than other vulnerable groups when it comes to health, say researchers.

They assessed the health of just under 300 gypsies and travellers of UK and Irish origin in five locations across England

They found gypsies and travellers were significantly more likely to have a long term illness or disability than other people. Additionally, travellers were significantly more likely to say they had chest pain, respiratory problems, and arthritis. They also reported higher rates of miscarriage and premature death among their children.

In a second related paper on travellers, researchers said: 'Ill health is seen as normal, an inevitable consequence of adverse social experiences, and is stoically and fatalistically accepted.'

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (2007) 61: 198-204 & 205-10

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