Covid-19 health risk disparities are 'unacceptable'

  • By JackGraves

Responding to today’s publication of the Public Health England report ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of Covid-19’, London Councils says the emerging data highlights the critical need to reduce health inequalities in the capital.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, London Councils’ Executive Member for Welfare, Empowerment & Inclusion, said:

“Coronavirus has hit the capital particularly hard and we’re hugely concerned by the role inequality has played in mortality rates among Londoners.

“This important review not only shines a light on many pre-existing inequalities – it also shows how Covid-19’s impact has made those inequalities more pronounced.

“The higher risks for those living in deprived areas and from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are unacceptable and must prompt urgent action.

“Since the start of the pandemic, boroughs have worked closely with residents to provide local support and help meet the specific needs of London’s diverse population. We are determined to build a healthier, fairer London – but we now need a clear policy focus from the government on reducing inequality, promoting public health, and boosting the resilience of all communities.”