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14 February 2022

New Review Calls for Radical Action on Stark Ethnic Inequalities Across Healthcare

A major review into ethnic inequalities in healthcare has revealed vast inequalities across a range of health services. Some of the largest inequalities were found for mental healthcare where treatment for Black groups was particularly poor.

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9 February 2022

Research tenders invited to address structural health inequalities

The independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has today published a series of invitations to commission reviews which explore the gaps in health care provision for racialised and minority ethnic communities and offer evidence-based recommendations for change.

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31 January 2022

Statement in response to Government review of mandatory vaccinations

Dr Habib Naqvi, director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory, said:

“The Observatory welcomes the Government’s decision announced on 31 January, to consult on ending a legal requirement for front-line NHS staff in England to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

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31 January 2022

Survey to explore levels of ‘trust’ patients have in NHS Primary Care Services

A survey to assess levels of trust Black, Asian and ethnic minority communities have in the primary care services they engage with has been launched by the independent NHS Race and Health Observatory.

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25 January 2022

‘Race, Racism and Health’ Conference Announced

Some of the most influential figures on race and health inequalities will take part in the independent NHS Race and Health Observatory’s forthcoming international conference on ‘Race, Racism and Health’.

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31 December 2021

Communities urged to get jabbed this New Year

Dr Habib Naqvi, Director of the NHS Race and Health Observatory:

“We are now experiencing the highest rates of COVID-19 infections since the pandemic began, but there still remains lingering doubt about vaccines and boosters amongst some of our Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups, especially those from Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities.

“We urge all those who have yet to receive their jabs to speak with healthcare professionals who understand the science, the data and how effective vaccines actually are. Having full facts is vital in making an informed decision on vaccine uptake.

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15 December 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory Sign Memorandum of Understanding with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The UK’s independent NHS Race and Health Observatory has today announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (CDC).

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11 December 2021

Race and Health Observatory to work with UK academic team to explore impact of Long-COVID on UK Healthcare Workers

The NHS Race and Health Observatory has today announced the start of a three-year study to investigate the long-term impact of COVID on NHS healthcare workers (HCWs) across the UK from diverse ethnic backgrounds and roles.

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9 December 2021

International Experts on Race and Health call for greater vaccine access in response to the Omicron variant

Responding to the new COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Professor leading the NHS Race and Health Observatory’s International Race and Health Experts Group, has warned, “vaccine equity” is a fundamental requirement across the globe.

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1 December 2021

NHS Race Observatory calls for support of health inequality leads

Senior Leaders assigned to improve health inequalities in the NHS need to be supported and equipped to tackle local health inequalities with their progress mapped against key action plans.

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26 November 2021

Survey finds ‘BAME’, ‘BME’ and ‘Ethnic Minority’ not representative

Generic collective terms such as ‘BAME’, ‘BME’ and ‘Ethnic Minority’ are not representative or universally popular, according to the latest results of a consultation led by the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

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19 November 2021

NHS Race and Health Observatory appoints sickle cell advisor

The NHS Race and Health Observatory is pleased to announce the new appointment of a medical advisor to explore sickle cell inequalities in NHS healthcare delivery.

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