England: trust says BAME staff are ‘at risk’ from Covid-19

22 May 2020

In a letter to its BAME colleagues, an NHS trust in England has classified all of its BAME staff as ‘vulnerable and at risk’ from Covid-19. 

The step was taken following reports in April that mortality rates from Covid-19 may be higher in ethnic minority groups.

At the time of writing, the findings from the government’s inquiry had not been released, but Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is thought to be the first NHS organisation to make the move.

The trust said: ‘We have written a letter outlining the steps we are taking to support the wellbeing of our BAME colleagues at this time in light of the emerging evidence of a disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community.’

It means all BAME staff at the trust and their families will be the priority for testing during the first five days of symptoms.

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