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Senior NHS Nurse Claims Ethnic Minority Health Workers Are Being Pressured To Work On Coronavirus Wards More Than Their White Colleagues
Date Posted: 20/Apr/2020
A senior NHS nurse has claimed that healthcare professionals from Black Asian and Ethnic Minority groups (BAME) are having to work on coronavirus wards more than their white colleagues.
It comes as the British Medical Association launched an inquiry into why people from BAME backgrounds are more susceptible to such respiratory conditions.
Carol Cooper, who is the head of equality, diversity and human rights at Birmingham Community Hospital said her staff were 'terrified' because of the current pandemic.
She said: 'BAME staff feel that they are being put on Covid wards and exposed to patients with Covid over and above their colleagues.
'Some are saying they are being taken from the wards that they usually work on and put on the Covid wards and they feel that there is a bias - the same bias that existed before they are feeling is now influencing their being appointed and they are terrified, everybody is terrified'.
She highlighted that she understood everyone across the NHS was frightened but added that 'a focus on equality needed to be maintained'. 
Informal information on deaths suggest those from BAME backgrounds were overrepresented, noting that the first 10 doctors to have died after testing positive were from BAME backgrounds.
The government last week announced that it will be launching a formal review into the impact of the coronavirus on people from BAME backgrounds, including staff, although the timescale of the inquiry is not clear.

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