The NHS, COVID – 19 and Lockdown:
The Black, Asian, Minoritised Ethnic and Refugee Experience in Brighton and Hove
In July 2020, TDC and five partners: Sussex Interpreting Services, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Voices in Exile, Network of International Women and Fresh Youth Perspectives, surveyed people from Black, Asian, minoritised ethnic, refugee and migrant communities in Brighton and Hove to find out about their experiences of the NHS, Covid-19 and lockdown.
Dr Anusree Biswas Sasidharan led the research and the full report is now available including recommendations to Sussex NHS commissioners.
13% of respondents had had a positive covid-19 test
21% of BAMER key workers in this research felt they were expected to take more risk compared to white colleagues
Only 5% of respondents were uncertain about symptoms
There were high levels of trust for the NHS (70%) although many had negative experiences (49%)
Negative experiences included communication and language difficulties, cancellation of appointments often leading to poor health outcomes and perception of discriminatory treatment
Lack of knowledge and information was more likely for those with language needs
In total, 3 reports were commissioned across Sussex. You can access these all via the link above.
We are working with local communities, partners and Sussex NHS Commissioners to explore ways to implement the recommendations.
Our findings resonate closely with the recent review by Baroness Doreen Lawrence: "AN AVOIDABLE CRISIS. The disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities". You can read the review here.
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