NHS BME NETWORK FRIDAY INSIGHTS & UPDATES -18 June 2021

1. BME doctor wins a landmark case against the GMC On 16 June 2021 a BME doctor, Mr. Omer Karim, won a landmark case for discrimination on the grounds of his race, against the GMC. In the press release that followed Mr. Karim states: “I sincerely hope this judgment...

Race Equality in the NHS-Time for Change

Race Equality and the NHS- Time for Change Presented by Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé, Chair of NHS BME Network The NHS is probably the most diverse employer in the UK, employing more BAME people than any other organisation. But how equal and fair is it as an employer and...

COMMISSION ON RACE AND ETHIC DISPARITIES REPORT

This report reviewed the evidence concerning race and ethnic disparities and concludes (erroneously in our view) that the UK has fundamentally shifted from race events in the past and has become a more open society such that we are now in a new era of...

REPORT BY BARONESS LAWRENCE-AN AVOIDABLE CRISIS

This report commissioned by the Labour Party concludes that BME people have been overexposed, under protected and overlooked during the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, that Covid-19 has thrived on the inequalities that exist and exposed the devastating impact of...

GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER-REFORMING THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT

The Government’s White Paper published on 13 January 2021 outlines the four principles developed by a Review undertaken by Professor Sir Simon Wessely published in 2018 that will guide and shape its approach to reforming legislation, policy and practice concerning the...

REPORT BY MIND-TRYING TO CONNECT

This report by MIND published on 28 April 2021, details the outcome of a survey of 1,914 people about their experiences of accessing mental health services by phone or on-line during the pandemic. The outcome is mixed with BMEs tending to favour remote access when...

HM GOVERNMENT SECOND COVID DISPARITIES REPORT TO PRIME MINISTER

This report details the work that has been undertaken by the government since the publication of its first quarterly report. The main finding is that the evidence suggests that ethnicity was not a factor in the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BME...

HM GOVERNMENT-FIRST COVID DISPARITIES REPORT TO PRIME MINISTER

This report details the work that has been undertaken by the government since the publication of PHE reports in June 2020 highlighting the disparities that exist in relation to ethnicity and COVID-19 infections. However, it makes no mention of structural racism...

BUILD BACK FAIRER: THE COVID 19 MARMOT REVIEW

This report makes the case for the need not only to “Build back better” but also to “Build back fairer” after the pandemic given the level of social, environmental and economic inequality in society are damaging health and...