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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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New research by University of Manchester academics has revealed for the first time how harmful repeated racial discrimination can be on mental and physical health. Several studies have already linked racial discrimination to poor mental and physical health but no study has ever studied the impact numerous attacks over time have on a person’s mental health. The study, published by Dr Laia Becares and colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health, was looking at the accumulation of experiences of racial attacks over time including being shouted at, being physically attacked, avoiding a place, or feeling unsafe because of one’s […]
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This is reproduced with permission from OurNHS openDemocracy  The sharp recent increase in reported hate crime – the worst rise on record – is linked to the EU Referendum, according to Mark Hamilton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. He said last week “Some people took that as a licence to behave in a racist or other discriminatory way.” The imagery and language on immigration used by Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and others has made the unspeakable acceptable. This is raises several big challenges for the NHS. The NHS would collapse overnight without the contribution of EU and Black […]
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I landed at Heathrow on 26th January 1991 with three pounds in my pocket and a turban on my head. In my head were Oxford spires, Bertie Wooster, Pink Floyd, Sir Humphrey Appleby from Yes, Minister and the Marylebone Cricket Club—as well as a firm conviction that I would feel at home. I was heading for Hounslow in west London to get some cash from a family friend before going to the General Medical Council (GMC) offices near Great Portland Street to register, and finally to Lincoln to start work as a junior doctor. At Heathrow, I asked an elderly […]
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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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