Baroness Lawrence’s review into the impact of Coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities
Leader of the Labour Party, Keir Starmer has tasked social justice campaigner Baroness Doreen Lawrence with leading a review into the impact of Coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
Doreen will work closely with Marsha De Cordova, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities to investigate why BAME communities are disproportionally affected and propose recommendations.
Why did Keir commission this review:
As of Friday 24 April, official figures show more than a third of people in intensive care from coronavirus are from BAME backgrounds – almost triple the proportion of BAME people in the wider population. All 14 doctors known to have died from the virus are from BAME backgrounds.
Terms of reference:
- To take evidence on why coronavirus is disproportionately affecting BAME communities
- To achieve this by listening to the public, community groups, experts and those affected
- To present findings and recommendations to the Government and any other relevant bodies