During the pandemic, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people has become increasingly clear. Evidence showing higher prevalence of the virus and significantly worse health outcomes for BAME groups is a major concern for the NHS, and trusts as they seek to protect both staff and patients.
Several sources of data have been produced to improve understanding of the factors affecting disparities in impact, alongside guidance from national bodies and other key stakeholders to support trusts’ response to this challenge. The government has announced a second phase of work following Public Health England’s review to understand the actions that can be taken to address health and other inequalities connected to COVID-19 for BAME people.
NHS England and Improvement, 24 June