Responding to news that a section of the recent Public Health England report into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people from BAME communities, which included recommendations for action, was left unpublished last week, BMA council chair Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:
“The revelation of an unpublished section of the PHE BAME review raises serious questions about why it was not incorporated as part of the document published last week. The BMA called for this review and contributed our views to it and we were deeply disappointed that our voice and those of others were not reflected in the report.
“The outcome of the review should have made clear recommendations for action to tackle the disturbing reality that the virus is causing disproportionate serious illness and deaths in the BAME community. This aim was explicit in the terms of reference, yet on publication the report was completely silent on any recommendations, and amounted in effect to a statistical analysis which largely reiterated information we already knew.
“We have now been made aware that 69 pages of the report were not published and which covered seven recommendations for change. It is vital that this is formally published urgently and for an explanation from Government as to why it was omitted from the earlier report. It is vital that transparency is the foundation in the next steps taken to protect our BAME workforce and community from further harm.”
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