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SESSION 6

Inequalities and discrimination

7pm - Wednesday 5 May (registration below)

 

The devastating differential impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on BAME people came as a shock, but perhaps not much of a surprise. The unequal impacts of the pandemic were thrown into even sharper relief over the summer by the wave of anti-racist activism and advocacy that arose from the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd. The impact of Covid has fallen differentially on women in many important ways. Our inquiry asks: was there any serious appraisal of risk for sections of our society who experience inequalities and discrimination?

‘What I can tell you is that we truly did everything we could, and continue to do everything that we can, to
minimise loss of life and to minimise suffering in what has been a very, very difficult stage,
and a very, very difficult crisis for our country, and we will continue to do that’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 26 January 2021

In order to answer these questions we will hear from BAME frontline staff, disabled people, migrants and delegates/representatives of migrant justice organisations. We will hear testimony on the impact on women. We will hear how the Government, the NHS and other organisations responded. Evidence will also be drawn from the work carried out prior to now by Independent SAGE, the Fenton Review and health unions.

THE PANEL:

Michael Mansfield QC (chair), Professor Neena Modi, Dr. Tolullah Oni, Dr. Jacky Davis
Lorna Hackett Barrister (Counsel to the Inquiry)

WITNESSES:

Mary-Ann Stephenson | Director, Women's Budget Group

Kamlesh Khunti | Professor of Primary Care Diabetes & Vascular Medicine, University of Leicester, member of Independent SAGE

Dr Latifa Patel | British Medical Association (PC)

Aliya Yule | Migrants Organise

People's Covid Inquiry hosted by Keep Our NHS Public

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