Responding to the The NHS Race and Health Observatory (RHO) report on neonatal care for BAME newborns, Ifti Majid, chair of the black and minority ethnic (BME) leadership network at the NHS Confederation said:
Leaders will welcome this important research as they know that challenging health inequalities is a core function of the NHS. Our members are committed to reducing inequality and the work of the Race and Health Observatory (RHO) is invaluable in supporting this.
“We know the maternal experience varies for BAME groups and these figures are well documented. Every woman deserves to know that they and their babies will receive equitable, and not be concerned about the quality of treatment they might receive. But this research shows that there is a pressing need for diagnostic methods that work for all, including improving their accuracy, and creating safer services that result in better outcomes across the board.
“The BME Leadership Network exists to support NHS organisations to meet the needs of all communities, and we welcome the recommendations in this report. Increased training for staff and families will help empower them to advocate for the best care, and as always we will continue to work alongside the RHO to highlight best practice and ensure high standards of care for all.”