Covid-19: Public Health England Review

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 17th June 2020.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities 11:34 am, 17th June 2020

Professor Fenton’s report, finally published yesterday, highlights yet more evidence that socioeconomic inequalities, racism and discrimination are root causes of BAME communities being disproportionately harmed by covid-19, and that these injustices were already known and have already cost lives. The Government’s denial and delay further compound despair at their lack of care and concern. The seven practical recommendations that the Government should have acted on much sooner include risk-assessing our black and minority ethnic workers on the frontline. Black lives matter is more than just a slogan. So what immediate and decisive action will the Minister take now to develop and deliver culturally competent occupational risk assessment tools?