Covid-19: BAME Key Workers

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

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Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary 11:34 am, 17th June 2020

Many stakeholder recommendations are already in progress, as my hon. Friend states, and as part of existing Government work, we are collecting better data on ethnicity—that was one of the recommendations. We agree that that is imperative and we are working to overcome technical barriers. NHS employers have published some excellent frameworks and occupational risk assessment tools, which can be used now; the race disparity unit is working on communication with covid teams across Departments; and I have said that further research to fill the gaps in PHE’s review is one of my immediate priorities.