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Covid-19: BAME NHS Staff - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:28 am on 19th May 2020.

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Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip) 11:28 am, 19th May 2020

I can reassure my noble friend that action is already being taken. Individual trusts are putting in place trials and arrangements to try out different forms of amelioration, including changing staff rotas and taking vulnerable staff out of the front-line wherever possible. We will build on these pilots and trials in order to move as quickly as we can. The causes of the massive difference in the effects of the disease on different ethnic groups are not clear yet, so it is not possible to say for sure which pilots will work. However, we are moving as quickly as we can and we will build on the evidence base in order to put in effective measures.