Delays on tackling BAME inequality weaken trust, says Ruth

Speaking during Women & Equalities Questions in the House of Commons Ruth Cadbury MP has warned that the Governments slow actions to tackle the disproportionate risk facing black, Asian and Minority ethnic (BAME) communities from covid-19 is weakening trust in the Government.

Raising the fact that it has now been two weeks since the Government first released Public Health England's report into the disproportionate impact facing BAME communities from covid-19 Ruth warned that the lack of concrete action in response from the Government had undermined public trust.

Speaking in full afterwards Ruth said,

''We've simply had too many delays and false starts from the Government about protecting BAME communities from covid-19.

We already know BAME individuals are more than two times more likely to die from Covid-19, with BAME NHS and key workers particularly at risk. 90% of the doctors who've died from covid-19 have been BAME and it's clear that much more needs to be done.

I know from the large number of local residents who've contacted me about this just how rightly worried people are about the slow pace of action from the Government.

Now that the Government have released two separate reports by Public Health England we need to see clear action to protect BAME communities and to restore trust and confidence.''