BAME campaigners urge UK government to tackle race inequalities after high Covid toll

BAME campaigners urge UK government to tackle race inequalities after high Covid toll. Coalition of BAME activists demands strategy to address health and economic consequences of virus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Coronavirus victims: black people are more than four times more likely to die of Covid-19 than the white British population, according to the ONS. Photograph: Supplied A Covid-19 race equality strategy must be launched across Whitehall in the wake of growing evidence of inequalities amid the pandemic, a [...]

PHE to review how ethnicity affects vulnerability to coronavirus

PHE to review how ethnicity affects vulnerability to coronavirus. Deprivation, age, gender and obesity will also feature in a review of thousands of health records. A review will analyse how factors such as ethnicity, obesity and gender can affect people’s vulnerability to coronavirus, health leaders have said. Public Health England (PHE) said thousands of health records of people who have had Covid-19 will be examined to establish more “robust” data on what can have an impact on the number of cases and health outcomes [...]

NHS looks into taking BAME staff off frontline for their safety

NHS looks into taking BAME staff off frontline for their safety. Drive to risk-assess minority ethnic workers aims to reduce higher death rate from Covid-19 Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Unite members hold a minute’s silence outside Lewisham hospital on 28 April in south London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images NHS staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds will be given different roles away from the frontline under plans to reduce their disproportionately high death rate from Covid-19. BAME personnel should be “risk-assessed” [...]

Trust treating all BAME staff as ‘vulnerable and at risk’

Trust treating all BAME staff as ‘vulnerable and at risk’. Somerset FT thought to be first trust to take such measure Trust says it hopes it will make staff feel comfortable about disclosing underlying conditions NHSE WRES lead praises decision A hospital trust is treating all its black, Asian and minority ethnic staff as “vulnerable and at risk” of coronavirus and is prioritising them for fitting of masks. People from BAME backgrounds appear to be disproportionately likely to develop severe coronavirus symptoms. Analysis published by HSJ last week revealed 63 [...]

Miscarriage discrimination: ‘I was made redundant because I lost my baby’

Miscarriage discrimination: 'I was made redundant because I lost my baby'. Amy McKeown's miscarriage meant she was off work - and haemorrhaging - for two-and-a-half months A mother who suffered a miscarriage and then weeks later lost her job has called for a change in employment law. Amy McKeown, 39, from Hampstead in north London, was off work for 10 weeks in 2006 after her 12-week scan found her baby had no heartbeat. Three weeks later, her employer told her she was being [...]