NMC responds to the PHE report - Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of covid-19 on BAME groups

Published on 17 June 2020

Andrea Sutcliffe responds to the Public Health England (PHE) report - Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME groups.

Responding to the Public Health England (PHE) report - Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of covid-19 on BAME groups - Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said

“Following last week’s report, I welcome this further analysis and the valuable insights it includes. The disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the deep-seated inequalities in health and in life affecting people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

“It is vital for people working in and using health and care services, that the report’s recommendations lead to real action to root out and tackle discrimination which we know has such a detrimental impact on people’s lives, health and wellbeing.

“I’m glad this report reinforces how vital it is that our registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates, and their colleagues, from BAME backgrounds benefit from enhanced assessments in their place of work to reduce risk and are supported and empowered to speak up about concerns without fear.

“As the professional regulator for nursing and midwifery professionals across all four countries of the UK, we have already committed in our new 5 year strategy to champion the values of equality, diversity and inclusion and will work with others to drive forward positive change.”

ENDS


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