RCM says must learn lessons from PHE COVID-19 BAME report

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The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says we must learn lessons from a Public Health England report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities published yesterday.

Gill Walton, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives, said: "Inequality was already embedded in our society and in our health services before the pandemic. Women from black and Asian backgrounds were more likely to die in pregnancy and after having a baby, and more than half of pregnant women recently admitted to hospital with COVID-19 were black or Asian.

“The pandemic has brought the terrible issues of racism and inequality out of the shadows and into the full glare of daylight. It hits and hurts those from BAME communities using our NHS and the many NHS staff from those communities who care for them. We must learn the lessons and we must act on this report.”


To contact the RCM media office call 020 7312 3456 or email [email protected].Notes to Editors

To view the RCM’s resources on COVID-19 including information and guidance for NHS maternity staff and pregnant women, visit https://www.rcm.org.uk/coronavirus/.

The Public Health England report can be read at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-understanding-the-impact-on-bame-communities.

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