Ravi Reacts to the Public Health England Report on Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19

Earlier this week, Public Health England published a report which revealed that the risk of dying among those diagnosed with Covid-19 is higher in those in BAME groups than in white ethnic groups.

This report confirms many people’s fears that Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted people of colour. It pointed to some of the factors that could be creating this disparity, including the fact that BAME people generally live in more confined spaces, work higher-risk jobs, and have less access to public services.

Reacting to the news, Ravi Bains said:

“This devastating report shows what many of us have feared for weeks now. People from black, and Asian backgrounds are far more likely to be diagnosed with Covid-19 and, tragically, more likely to die from the disease too. Thousands of BAME workers across the country work in our vital social care sector, whose staff have also suffered disproportionate deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“In light of the recent murder of George Floyd, the report shows an urgent need for Government to examine how business leaders and politicians alike can combat inequality in this country, not just for improved public health outcomes, but also for the sake of fairness and justice more widely. Instead of further reviews and commissions into racial inequality in healthcare, it is clearly time for the UK to act on the existing recommendations it has been given.”

It is crucial that this work begins right now, in understanding and rectifying the structural societal issues that have created this disparity in Covid-19 related deaths, particularly in light of the Black Lives Matter protests happening across the world. I would implore decision makers and business to rise up and unite to tackle the issues which this report reveals, in order to create lasting change. The time for talking has passed, we now need action.”

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