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In December 2015 I was approached by Jeremy Corbyn and Kate Green, then the shadow minister for women and equalities, to chair a review with an advisory group made up of academics, policy experts, elected representatives and grass roots organisations to make recommendation on a future race equality strategy. On the eve of the anniversary of the 1965 race Relation Act, Jeremy Corbyn stated: “Fifty years ago today (December 8) the Labour government of Harold Wilson introduced the first Race Relations Act – outlawing discrimination based on ethnicity. Labour has a strong track record. As recently as 2010 we passed […]
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Britain’s Black communities experience poorer health along with access to health and social care compared to the general population. There is a link between social deprivation, poverty, housing, education and cultural behaviour and norms engaging with health professionals. There is also clear evidence that racism and discrimination that can affect a person’s health status. The combination of health inequalities and racial inequalities has the following impact: Rates of detention under the Mental Health Act are higher than average for Black Caribbean and Black African compared to the rest of the population Prevalence of stroke 70 per cent higher than the average We […]
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Over the past several years there has been a growing political consensus and convergence by the mainstream political parties in a shared perspective in how to tackle issue mental health and the poor health outcomes experienced service user and their carers from health and care services in a number of areas: Parity of esteem recognising that physical and mental should be the same (but disagreement by the parties regarding cuts in mental health services) Need to improve child and adolescent mental health services Waiting times targets for appointments for access to psychological services Ongoing support for Time to Change the […]
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In January Ed Miliband’s Independent Taskforce led by Sir Stephen O’Brien launched its report completed a report called The Mentally Healthy Society this will form the basis of a mental health strategy for a future Labour government. The report has over 40 recommendations covering a wide range of issues from children, education, employment, housing, early intervention, equalities. Ed Miliband made some specific commitments drawn from the report as a key election pledges: to increase the proportion of the mental health budget spent on child and adolescent mental health services to ensure that in future all teachers have training in mental health […]
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London has some significant health and care challenges and inequalities. The healthcare system continues to be poor at preventing ill-health and in diagnosing illness early, and too much care is provided in hospitals instead of in the community. London has the highest average income but it is also the most polarised in the country, with people in the top 10% of households earning around five and a half times more than those in the bottom 10%. On the whole, people in the more deprived boroughs in London have poorer health. In many London boroughs poverty and affluence and the associated […]
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