Vital that government supports NHS and social care to keep normal services running as winter approaches
Some interesting views and research that reinforces the needs to fully prepare for winter . Their press release also states
“We know from our recent polling* that people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds – one of the groups worst affected by the pandemic – are less likely to have used NHS services since lockdown. ”
* Polling data from the Health Foundation and Ipsos MORI conducted in July found that concerns about using hospitals is greater among some of the groups worst affected by COVID-19, with more than one in four (28%) people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds and more than a third (34%) of people with a disability saying they would feel uncomfortable about using their local hospital, compared with just over one in five overall (22%).
People from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are also less likely to report having used a health service since the beginning of lockdown (36% compared to 42% of the population as a whole), and are more likely to have considered using a service for a health issue but decided not to (9% compared with 5% overall).
Over 70s Covid vaccine trial at Hartlepool Hospital
An article which one of our members, Margaret Ogden, co-authored
NESCHA played a key part in the consultation