Covid-19 & Disproportionate BAME Deaths – online meeting
The meeting takes place amidst a day of action for Workers’ Memorial Day. While health workers and others held moments of silence in their workplaces at 11am to Remember the Dead and Fight for the Living.
Recent figures show BAME people make up one third of Covid-19 patients in intensive care. Two thirds of NHS staff who have died and all the doctors who have died after contracting Covid-19. Including double the average of households who have lost jobs and/or income. This comes as reports are emerging that BAME nursing staff are feeling targeted to work on Covid-19 wards. This is over and above their white counterparts.
Diane Abbott MP will speak at the Stand Up To Racism online meeting, Covid19 & Disproportionate BAME Deaths. With her Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP, Patrick Vernon, social commentator. Windrush campaigner & initiator of Mary Seacole petition, Roger Mckenzie, UNISON Assistant General Secretary.
BAME key workers on the frontlines, include Dr Siema Iqbal, Cameron Matthews, FBU Eastern Region. Glen Hart, a London Underground worker & RMT secretary London Transport Region. Chair RMT National Black & Ethnic Advisory Committee/ TUC Race Relations Committee. Fayrouz Kraish, a bio medical scientist & Unite Scotland BAEM Committee, and a London paramedic.
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