Responding to Public Health England's ‘Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups’ report which was published earlier today, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“Now that the second part of the PHE report with recommendations has been fully published we must see urgent and tangible action.
“This pandemic has brought to sharp focus the longstanding inequalities affecting BAME communities in this country, with greater numbers of people from a BAME background living in deprived areas and overcrowded housing, and a higher proportion as key workers that exposed them to the virus and who were often not provided with necessary protections.
“As recommended in the report, the BMA believes that comprehensive data collection, risk assessments that recognise ethnicity as a potential risk factor and the use of culturally appropriate education and prevention campaigns, to name just a few, will be key in protecting those most at risk from this deadly disease - indeed we have long been calling for such measures.
“The Government who commissioned this review must now produce a clear action plan with timescales of how these recommendations will be implemented. The time for reviews, reports and commissions is over.
"What matters now is that the ministers must act swiftly to provide fair protection to people from ethnic minority backgrounds and to address the socio-economic and racial inequalities that have pervaded our nation for far too long.”
Notes to editors
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1. To read the full PHE report click here.