NMC responds to Public Health England's report on 'Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19'

Published on 03 June 2020

Andrea Sutcliffe responds to the publication and findings of Public Health England's report on 'Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19'

Responding to the publication of Public Health England’s report on ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19’, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive and Registrar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said:

“I welcome the publication of today’s report and the important analysis on the disproportionate effects of Covid-19 conducted by Public Health England.

“The report confirms what we’ve seen since the start of this pandemic – that Covid-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing health inequalities and has disproportionately impacted groups that already face significant challenges. These concerning findings, published at a time when the structural barriers faced by minority groups are at the forefront of our minds, highlight the need for all partners in health and social care to take action to understand and address inequalities.

“The report also highlights the significant numbers of nursing and midwifery professionals who have been affected by Covid-19. As they continue to be at the heart of the response to this pandemic, helping people receive the care they need, it is vital they can work safely with access to appropriate equipment and support.

“We recognise the Nursing and Midwifery Council has a role in the collective effort necessary to address the inequalities this analysis highlights and we are determined to play our part.”

 

ENDS

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