Following the publication of “COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes”, a new report by Public Health England (Tuesday 2nd June), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has called on government and NHS bodies to develop plans to understand and address this critical susceptibility as a matter of urgency.
Richard Hull, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow said:
“We are deeply concerned by the new research published by Public Health England yesterday which shows, amongst other issues, the disproportionate effect the COVID-19 pandemic has had on BAME people.
“Our College has already expressed our concern about this matter, and in particular the disproportionate impact that this crisis has had on the health of our BAME members and colleagues throughout the NHS. Now the facts are clearer, governments and NHS bodies across the UK must work urgently to develop a plan of action to address this critical issue. It is vital that this emerging health and occupational inequality is treated with the upmost importance. We are ready and willing to play our part in these efforts.”