England: stark ethnic inequalities in NHS, report reveals

18 March 2022

A major review into ethnic inequalities in healthcare has found vast inequalities across a range of health services.

The report by the NHS Race and Health Observatory (NHSRHO) discovered that some of the biggest inequalities were in mental health and maternity care. In the latter, for instance, there was evidence of stereotyping, disrespect, discrimination and cultural insensitivity.

The review within the NHS workforce found evidence of an ethnic pay gap affecting black, Asian, mixed and other groups. NHSRHO director Dr Habib Naqvi said: ‘By drawing together the evidence, and plugging the gaps where we find them, we have made a clear and overwhelming case for radical action on race inequity in our healthcare system.’

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