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General Practitioners: Ethnic Groups

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 61763, tabled on 19 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that BAME communities are able to access GP services during the covid-19 outbreak.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

9 July 2020

Racial disparities in the health of the nation are unacceptable. Following the publication of the report by Public Health England ‘Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups’ recently, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities (Kemi Badenoch MP) is urgently reviewing the findings.

The way in which people can access general practice services during the COVID-19 has changed; practices are offering more triage and remote consultations (video and online) to see as many patients as possible while protecting staff and patients.

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