– Report for information – Dr Shade Agboola
A report was introduced by Dr Shade Agboola, WCC Director of Public Health. Evidence from the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic suggested that a significant proportion of critically ill patients with COVID-19 were from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Even after accounting for the effect of age, gender, deprivation and region, people from BAME backgrounds were significantly more likely to die from COVID-19 as compared to White British counterparts. A number of explanations for this had been posited for this association, which were reported.
Public Health England (PHE) had published a rapid review of the evidence. It included seven recommendations for action across four domains. There was a need for research and data to deepen understanding of the wider socio-economic determinants and improve data recording of ethnicity, policy change, communications with community leaders and the use of anchor institutions to scale up prevention services in a targeted way.
WCC recognised the importance of diversity in
its workforce. In response to the emerging evidence on COVID-19 and
its relationship with ethnicity, there was ongoing work to include
BAME status in organisational risk assessments. Managers and
employees would be required to undertake individual risk
assessments if one or more of the check list criteria was met. This
included a number of equality and other considerations, one of them
being BAME. It would ensure that, in addition to the general risk
of infection when returning to the workplace, any potential
specific risks to individual employees and their mental wellbeing
was considered and assessed.
Questions and comments were invited, with responses provided as indicated:
That the Board:
Notes the main findings from the Public Health England (PHE) Review
of the Impact of COVID19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)
Comments as outlined above on the recommendations included in the
report and appendix, and supports their adoption for Warwickshire,
where the Director of Public Health considers relevant.
3. Champions improvements in access, experiences and outcomes of NHS, local government and Health and Care Partnership commissioned services by BAME communities.
Endorses, using place-based JSNA approaches, a review into the relationship between ethnicity and COVID-19 in North Warwickshire and Nuneaton and Bedworth.