Less than a third (29%) of black, Asian, and other ethnic minority doctors in the UK believe they are completely protected from Covid-19 at work, while almost half (46%) of their white colleagues do, according to a BMA study of about 7500 doctors.
A survey conducted between June 16 and 18 also showed that doctors from ethnic minority groups were more likely to experience pressure when treating patients without adequate protective equipment: 7% (127) versus 2.5% (110) of their white work colleagues.
The survey involved 5121 white doctors and 2069 doctors from “non-white or mixed / multiple ethnic groups”. Most (80%) of the respondents were based in England.
Although the report found that the worrying number of ethnic minority doctors was still not exposed to risk assessment, the results showed that they are now more likely to receive risk assessments than their white counterparts: 58% (1119) versus 48% ( 2287).
Results were made after medical and racial organizations reported Bmj they were angry and disappointed in England’s Public Health that they promised to find out why people from ethnic minorities are more likely to get sick and die from Cowid-19, but whose review, published on June 2, did not include recommendations. The government later stated that it would publish the recommendations after allegations that the proposals were excluded from the initial report.
NHS executives in England were ordered to conduct a risk assessment for all personnel as a precautionary measure in May, after it became apparent that black and Asian personnel were seriously ill and were dying in disproportionate quantities. 3 The BMA warned that, according to its own data, more than 90% of the doctors who died after infection 19 were representatives of ethnic minorities.
Chaand Nagpaul, Chairman of the BMA Council, said: “It is very important that healthcare providers are properly assessed so that those at high risk can be transferred to areas where they are less at risk, or work remotely while providing vital services for NHSs.
“In addition, the BMA previously emphasized that BAME employees may be less confident in expressing anxiety and fear that they will be blamed if something goes wrong. Employers must ensure that these doctors are fully supported in speaking and speaking.
“Ultimately, it is imperative that lessons be learned from this pandemic, especially at the risk of a second wave, that we act so that your skin color does not determine your chances of survival.”
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