Thank you to everyone who has emailed regarding the Public Health England review of disparities in risks and outcomes related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
As you will be aware, the PHE review has now been published in full and my Labour colleagues and I (along with many others) are pressing the Government for the recommendations to be put into action as soon as possible.
In addition to this, Keir Starmer (our Labour Party leader) has asked social justice campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence to lead a review of the impact of Coronavirus on BAME communities. The review will look to understand the key socio-economic and structural factors, present tangible recommendations and press for immediate and long-term action to protect BAME people, so that these inequalities can be addressed and lives saved.
Baroness Lawrence is also working closely with Marsha De Cordova, our Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, to amplify the voices of all BAME communities affected by this virus. They have been listening to community groups, experts, representative bodies in order to present findings and recommendations to the Government and any other relevant bodies.
The review is looking to:
• Gather data or case studies on the impact of Covid-19 on BAME Communities
• Understand the range factors behind the disproportionate impact
• Review the response from government, local government third sector and faith communities
• Gather recommendations on the protection and support for the most affected communities as lockdown eases
• Gather recommendations for reducing health inequalities
If you or anyone you know would like to submit evidence, you can do so here: https://labour.org.uk/review-into-the-impact-of-covid19-on-bame-communities/ The closing date is June 30th.