The NHS Race and Health Observatory has recently published a report on ethnic health inequalities across a range of areas. Ella Croyden-Flack, trainee solicitor in our Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury team, has commented:
Following the disbandment of the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Unit under Boris Johnson’s leadership, the NHS Race and Health Observatory is the Government’s latest creation following the prevalence of ethnic inequality in healthcare for decades. The publication of the independent body’s long-awaited review into the ethnic inequalities in healthcare reports widespread inequalities across a range of health services as well as the NHS workforce. These findings have long been known and yet there has been a failure to act. The review notes that ‘the lack of acknowledgement of racism as a key driver of healthcare inequalities faced by ethnic minority people is a dangerous omission, and without which, inequalities cannot be adequately addressed’. Whilst the review is welcome, it is now critical that sure and substantial action is taken to address these inequalities.