According to Sky News, almost three-quarters of all NHS and social service workers who have died from coronavirus are from BAME.
Official figures show that BAME people represent 44% of the NHS medical staff.
However, Sky News found that 72% of all health and social care workers who died COVID-19 are black, Asian and ethnic minority.
Recently released data on the ethnicity of all hospital deaths related to coronavirus showed that around 19% of patients who died in England were from ethnic minorities or from diverse origins.
This figure is similar to their estimated proportion of the population.
Dr. Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS for Race for Worker and Equality, said, “The fact that large numbers of black and minority ethnic personnel are dying from this pandemic is a concern for we.
“This is a challenge for us, but we have to meet this challenge and what we need to do is look at what we can put in place now to support our staff. “
He believes that cultural reasons play a role.
“What we do know is that every member of our NHS staff is absolutely committed to patient care,” he added.
“But they can be part of the workforce who consider working in the NHS more of a vocation than a profession and we really need to understand the reasons for some of these deaths. “
“But we have to be absolutely clear as to the causes of what we see in terms of models in order to put in place the right interventions. “
It is a group of experts from BAME backgrounds who have written to the Secretary of Health to offer their services as an independent advisory group.
The 17 non-executive directors of the NHS – who are part of the Seacole group – wish to respond to lingering concerns about the deaths of BAME caregivers.
The letter said, “Our experience and knowledge, combined with our cultural intelligence and strategic knowledge, means that we can offer a unique perspective and intelligence to help shape the way the NHS treats COVID-19.”
“The pandemic clearly highlights the cracks in health inequalities.
“Therefore, it is essential that we act urgently to minimize the disproportionate impact on BAME communities and front-line staff. “
A government spokesperson said, “We will consider engaging with a diverse group of experts in this regard and will provide further details in due course. “