The COVID-19 pandemic presents various health challenges for a wide range of communities across the UK. However, evidence has emerged of a specific and serious impact for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The early data suggests that disproportionately high numbers of people from BAME backgrounds are becoming seriously ill and dying from the virus.
In England, independent reviews have been established by Public Health England and other agencies investigate the reasons for this disparity. However, we also recognise the anxiety that this emergent risk may cause to BAME nurses, students and healthcare support workers and their families.
The official reviews do not displace the responsibilities of employers to comply fully with their health and safety obligations and wider duty of care to, regardless of their race or nationality.