Thursday 4 June 2020 / 11:30 AM Marsha de Cordova / Women and Equalities

Labour calls on the government’s Race Disparity Unit to immediately publish recommendations following Public Health England’s Review into the impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community 

Labour calls on the government’s Race Disparity Unit to immediately publish recommendations following Public Health England’s Review into the impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community 

Following the publication of Public Health England’s review into the impact of Covid-19 on the BAME community on 2nd June, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Women and Equalities, Marsha De Cordova, has called on the government’s Race Disparity Unit to immediately publish recommendations following the PHE’s Review into Covid-19.

The review’s terms of reference, released on 4th May, said that the review would “suggest recommendations for further action that should be taken to reduce disparities in risk and outcomes from COVID-19”. However, the review published yesterday gave no recommendations on how to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities.

At yesterday’s Government Coronavirus Briefing it was confirmed that the Race Disparity Unit would be carrying out further work in its response to the PHE Review and will publish recommendations on its findings. 

Marsha De Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary for Women and Equalities, calling on the government’s Race Disparity Unit to immediately publish recommendations on the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities, said:

“Yesterday’s review told us what we already know, that BAME people and the most disadvantaged communities are disproportionately impacted by Covid-19.

“But it failed to provide any recommendations on how to reduce these disparities, leaving us with more questions than answers. The Government must not wait any longer to address underlying racial and socioeconomic injustices, so that no more lives are lost.

“That is why Labour is calling on the Government’s Race Disparity Unit to immediately publish recommendations, along with a detailed action plan on how they will be implemented.”