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Opinion/Research: No room at the inn: How easy is it for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers to access primary care?

Jon from LASSN writes

“We all know the difficulties some migrant community members face when trying to access GPs and Primary Care. Depressingly, this is also the case for Gypsies and Travellers too (as well as people who are homeless or who are sex workers.)

As the authors of this report state:

“by putting the onus on an individual to advocate for their right to access healthcare, this may make people less likely to want to attend the GP, can be difficult for people who are feeling unwell or who are experiencing poor mental health and can reinforce feelings of being unwelcome and expectations of discrimination. For this reason, it is vital that we focus our efforts on creating real systemic change in this area.”

Systemic change will only come about when we find common cause with our mates who are gypsies or travellers, who are homeless, or who work in the sex industry – and LASSN will continue to lobby for equal access to healthcare for all these groups, as well as for refugees asylum seekers and other migrants.”

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