Coronavirus: Disease Control

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 7th July 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had, and with whom, about the lack of recommendations in the report by Public Health England’s Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19, published in June, on how to tackle racial and health inequalities that have been amplified by COVID-19.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government commissioned Public Health England to conduct an epidemiological review to analyse how different factors can impact on people’s health outcomes from COVID-19. This was published on 2 June 2020. This review is an important piece of work which sets out firm conclusions, and the Minister for Equalities is working with the Race Disparity Unit, Department for Health and Social Care and other departments to take forward work to build on PHE’s review, and work across government to take appropriate steps to mitigate disparities identified.

In parallel, Professor Kevin Fenton separately engaged with a significant number of individuals and organisations within the BAME community to hear their views, concerns and ideas about the impact of COVID-19 on their communities. This separate report, ‘COVID-19:understanding the impact on BAME communities’, was published on GOV.UK on 16 June 2020.

The recommendations from the second report will also be taken forward through the terms of reference for Government’s next steps to address the disparities identified in the PHE report, announced on 4 June.

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