Take BAME staff, in particular Black Africans off frontline services for their safety

Take BAME staff, in particular Black Africans off frontline services for their safety

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Susan Fajana-Thomas started this petition to Government and

I'm calling on the government, NHS England and TfL to take  BAME staff, in particular Black Africans off frontline services immediately and reassign them unless individual choose not.

Data shows that people of Black African heritage are over 3 times more likely to die from Covid 19 if infected and admitted into hospital. It’s disheartening and it has become a daily occurrence for many families from Black African heritage to receive the news of the passing of a love ones.

The death rate among British black Africans and British Pakistanis from coronavirus in English hospitals is more than 2.5 times that of the white population, according to stark analysis by the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

Social and demographic factors also play a role, as BAME people are more likely to live in densely populated areas which may make social distancing harder. The British Medical Association (BMA) also suggested that BAME doctors may feel less able to raise concerns about inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE), as they report higher levels of bullying and harassment in the workplace.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said a higher proportion of people from ethnic minority backgrounds live in areas hit harder by Covid-19. However, they tend to be younger on average, so should be less vulnerable.

Report found that various black, Asian and minority ethnic groups were experiencing higher per capita deaths.

And after accounting for differences in age, sex and geography, the study estimated that the death rate for people of black African heritage was 3.5 times higher than for white Britons.

It added that for people of black Caribbean heritage, per capita deaths were 1.7 times higher, rising to 2.7 times higher for those with Pakistani heritage.

The IFS study said given demographic and geographic profiles, most minority ethnic groups are dying in "excess" numbers in hospitals.

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