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Coronavirus: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 52268, tabled on 1 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his department is taking to ensure that its review into the effect of covid-19 on BAME communities engages with (a) stakeholders and (b) people with lived experience.

Answered on

3 August 2020

Public Health England (PHE) published its review report ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’ on 2 June. The review looked at different factors including ethnicity. The report can be viewed at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-review-of-disparities-in-risks-and-outcomes

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has announced that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities (Kemi Badenoch MP) will be leading on next steps, working with PHE and others.

Professor Kevin Fenton from PHE has been engaging with a significant number of individuals and organisations within the black, Asian and minority ethnic community over the past couple of months, to hear their views, concerns and ideas about the impact of COVID-19 on their communities. The valuable insight he has gathered will inform the work the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities is now taking forward.

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