Maternal Health: Ethnic Minority Women

Part of Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons on 22nd September 2021.

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Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

We remain committed to understanding and addressing ethnic disparities in maternal mortality rates. A new office for health improvement and disparities will be launched on 1 October, which will make addressing disparities in health outcomes a priority. In January, the then patient safety Minister, my right hon. Friend Ms Dorries, announced a £500,000 fund for a maternity leadership programme. NHS England recently published its equity and equality guidance, asking all local maternity systems to produce action plans to improve equity in maternal outcomes.