Coronavirus: Report on BAME Covid-19 deaths sparks call for action

Posted: June 25th 2020


I wonder how this factor manifests itself in smaller acute settings in rural places?

Doctors have called for the recommendations of a report into the impact of Covid-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic people to be implemented immediately.

The British Medical Association said it was "critical" to carry out risk assessments of vulnerable groups and protect them at work.

Racism could contribute to increased risks for BAME groups, the report said.

Commissioned by Public Health England, it has seven recommendations.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, who chairs the council of the British Medical Association, told the BBC: "It's important we now move forward and deliver those changes because it's the fair and right thing to do for our population."

He said more than 90% of doctors who had died during the pandemic were from BAME backgrounds. Doctors from these communities were also three times as likely to say they had felt pressured to work without sufficient protective equipment, he added.