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[Correspondence] “The Bedouin predicament”

I was moved when reading Richard Horton’s Offline: The Bedouin predicament (April 9, p 1498) about the semi-Nomadic Bedouins and the poverty and illiteracy that challenge provision of health services in the Negev desert.1 The UK also has semi-Nomadic communities: Gypsy and Traveller families. Of all the many ethnic groups recognised in the Census, “white Gypsy or Irish Traveller” communities have the worst health—for example, in terms of limiting long-term illness.2 These populations experience multiple inequalities3 likely to undermine health in every generation.

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