Coronavirus: BAME people should get targeted second wave health advice | UK News


An unpublished government report indicates that blacks, Asians and ethnic minorities should receive targeted health advice in the event of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The recommendation is one of many views by Sky News that was not included in a major study on the disproportionate number of deaths among BAME people.

In a 69-page document sent to government on May 29, Public Health England (PHE) wrote seven recommendations, along with comments from more than 4,000 stakeholders on how to further prevent BAME people from dying disproportionately compared to COVID-19[female[feminine.

This part of the exam was not published with the first results of PHE on June 2, sources informed Sky News that the government had decided not to hold on because of “current world events”, such as Black Lives Matter protests against the death of George Floyd in America.

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The recommendations suggest that the government should quickly “speed up its efforts” to target different cultures and implement “competent health promotions” in the event of a second wave of coronavirus.

Another recommendation also suggests that risk assessments for all BAME staff be developed rapidly in a variety of professions. NHS England already recommend trusts to do so.

They say it will help “reduce the risk of employees being exposed to the virus – especially for key workers” who are more likely to come into contact with it.

Responding to the leaked report, Secretary of Labor Shadow Equality Marsha De Cordova told Sky News: “It is a scandal that the government appears to have blocked a review including recommendations that could help save black, Asian and ethnic minorities during this crisis.

“The government’s failure to publish this review is yet another in a litany of failures to support BAME communities during COVID-19.

“The government must now urgently publish these recommendations in their entirety and explain its lack of transparency on this review. ”

This part of the PHE exam, which was conducted by Professor Kevin Fenton, is expected to be released next Tuesday according to government sources, eight weeks after the date the report was commissioned by Secretary of Health Matt Hancock.

But people in the BAME community were irritated by the government’s lack of action and policy.

Official statistics show that black people are four times more likely to die from the virus than people with white backgrounds.

In Parliament last week, Equality Minister Kemi Badenoch said: “We were unable to make recommendations because the data could not be collected – such as morbidities, occupation and the underlying health conditions ”.

Sky News has learned that these recommendations were sent to the government on May 29.

Other recommendations suggest that more data on ethnicity and deaths in the UK should be collected.

Currently, when someone dies in the community, ethnicity is not recorded on their death certificate, so the public may never know the actual number of BAME people who died from COVID-19.

The report says, “Mandate comprehensive and quality collection and recording of ethnicity data as part of routine data collection systems. ”

He says data like these will help “mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on BAME communities.”

A public health spokesperson in England said, “The government has commissioned PHE to conduct an epidemiological study to analyze how different factors can affect the health outcomes of people with COVID-19.” This was published in its entirety on June 2.

“At the same time, Professor Fenton, on behalf of PHE, spoke with a significant number of people and organizations within the BAME community, to hear their views, concerns and ideas on the impact of COVID -19 on their communities.

“This important engagement work will inform the work that the Minister for Equality is currently undertaking. We intend to officially submit this work to the Minister next week and publish it at the same time. “


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