A recent review led by Public Health England into Disparities found that death rates from Covid-19 affected different groups in different fashions.
An extract from the executive summary is as follows –
“The largest disparity found was by age. Among people already diagnosed with COVID19, people who were 80 or older were seventy times more likely to die than those under 40. Risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 was also higher in males than females; higher in those living in the more deprived areas than those living in the least deprived; and higher in those in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups than in White ethnic groups. These inequalities largely replicate existing inequalities in mortality rates in previous years, except for BAME groups, as mortality was previously higher in White ethnic groups. These analyses take into account age, sex, deprivation, region and ethnicity, but they do not take into account the existence of comorbidities, which are strongly associated with the risk of death from COVID-19 and are likely to explain some of the differences.”
You may like to read the full report here.
I have tabled a written question asking the Secretary of State for Health what actions he will take following the publication of this report and the Prime Minister responded at PMQs last week as follows:-
“This Government commissioned the review from PHE and we take its findings very seriously, because there obviously are inequalities in the way the virus impacts on different people and different communities in our country. The Minister for Equalities, my hon. Friend the Member for Saffron Walden (Kemi Badenoch) will be looking at what next practical steps we need to do to protect all our country from coronavirus”.
Written parliamentary question to the Minister for Women and Equalities:
To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what further report she plans to commission following the publication of the PHE report Covid 19 - Disparities in the risks and outcomes. (55833)
Tabled on: 08 June 2020
This question was grouped with the following question(s) for answer:
1. To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what steps the Government plans to take in response to the report published by Public Health England on 2 June 2020 entitled COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes. (54145)
Tabled on: 03 June 2020
2. To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the timeframe is for the publication of the work of the Racial Disparity Unit in response to the report of Public Health England on disparities in risks and outcomes in relation to covid-19. (56084)
Tabled on: 08 June 2020
As Minister for Equalities, I am working with the Race Disparity Unit and the Department for Health and Social Care to carry forward work to identify and fill the gaps in PHE’s review; and work across government to take appropriate steps to mitigate disparities identified. The terms of reference for this work, which include quarterly updates to the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on progress, were published on GOV.UK on 4 June. The timeframe will be announced in due course.
The answer was submitted on 11 Jun 2020 at 17:44.
Rt Hon Dame Cheryl Gillan MP
Chesham and Amersham
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