Labour says publish review into coronavirus impact on BAME communities

Following reports that Public Health England’s review into the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community has been delayed again because of ‘concerns around current global events’, Labour has called on the government to announce a date for its publication, saying the findings should be released this week.

The terms of reference published early last month said it would be published by the end of May.

Analysis by University College London found BAME people are two to three times more likely to die from Covid-19 than the general population.

Marsha De Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Women and Equalities, said:

“The publication of this review and action taken based on its findings could save lives.

“The government has already delayed the report’s release from the end of May. BAME communities across the country need reassurance that this issue is being taken seriously, and not being kicked into the long grass.

“It is unacceptable to delay the release of a report into the unequal suffering of the BAME community on the basis of global events that relate to the suffering of black communities around the world.

“The Health Secretary must announce a date this week for its publication.”

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