By Mike Bedigan, PA
PA Media: UK News13 November 2020
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Black nurses are “petrified” they will be sent back to the frontline without adequate protection or risk assessment during the second coronavirus wave, a support organisation has said.
Equality 4 Black Nurses, a nurse-led organisation which aims to eradicate racial discrimination in the NHS, also raised concerns that stresses caused by the pandemic were “bringing racial inequalities to the surface”.
A survey conducted by the organisation found that a third (32%) of black nurses were not supplied with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) during the peak of the first wave.
The study also found that 89% of black nurses had experienced incidents of racial discrimination in the workplace.
It comes as comprehensive analysis published in the Lancet medical journal found that people of black and Asian ethnicities are up to twice as likely to be infected with Covid-19 compared to white individuals.
Neomi Bennett, founder of Equality 4 Black Nurses, said she was “deeply concerned” for the safety of minority health workers over the coming months and that proper risk assessments had not been put in place to ensure the safety of workers of colour.
“Black nurses seem to be feeling the ripple effect of Covid-19,” she told the PA news agency.
“A lot of the nurses that we’re supporting are nurses that have just survived the first round of Covid and now they’re having to prepare to go into a second wave and their employers have not always put risk assessments in place.