NHS looks into taking BAME staff off frontline for their safety

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Drive to risk-assess minority ethnic workers aims to reduce higher death rate from Covid-19.

NHS staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds will be given different roles away from the frontline under plans to reduce their disproportionately high death rate from Covid-19.

BAME personnel should be “risk-assessed” and reassigned to duties that leave them at lesser risk of contracting coronavirus, under guidance set out by NHS bosses in England.

The move was unveiled in a letter sent on Wednesday to hospital trusts, providers of mental health care, ambulance services and organisations providing community-based healthcare.

 

It makes clear that the new guidance was prompted by growing evidence that people of BAME origin are more at risk from Covid-19, and by the need to save lives.

The nine-page letter, from NHS improvement’s chief operating officer, Amanda Pritchard, was sent to those running NHS care organisations across England. It said: “Emerging UK and international data suggest that people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are also being disproportionately affected by Covid-19.”

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Source: The Guardian