Covid-19: BAME Communities

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:58 pm on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Dawn Butler Dawn Butler Labour, Brent Central 4:58 pm, 18th June 2020

In the words of my hon. Friend Florence Eshalomi, I am disappointed but not surprised. The Minister may not have all the answers, but she has some of the answers, which span back to 2010. All the Government need to do is start implementing those answers. If they want to run a review in parallel—fine, do that. But they should implement the nearly 200 recommendations that already exist. There is no excuse for the Government not to act.

We have been in agreement across the House in this debate. I am sure that if this motion were put to a vote, we would win against the Government. The motion states that this House

“calls on the Government to set out in detail the scope and timeframe of the Government’s review”,

which the Minister has not done, and

“urgently to put a plan in place to prevent avoidable deaths.”

The Minister has not done that. The Government will be responsible, because they know what is happening and they have failed to act. The Minister should be ashamed of her Government.

Question put and agreed to.

Resolved,

That this House
is concerned about the level of deaths from covid-19 among Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities;
notes that structural inequalities and worse health outcomes for Black, Asian and minority ethnic people go hand in hand;
calls on the Government to review the data published by the Office for National Statistics on 11 May 2020 on Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by occupation, England and Wales: deaths registered up to and including 20 April 2020, the Report published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in May 2020 entitled, Are some ethnic groups more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others? and the full report by Public Health England on Disparities in the risk and outcomes of covid-19;
and further calls on the Government to set out in detail the scope and timeframe of the Government’s review and urgently to put a plan in place to prevent avoidable deaths.