BAME report had no recommendations for action to protect black people – because government deleted them
The government’s ‘report’ on the far higher coronavirus fatality rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people was slammed this week as a sham, because it contained no recommended actions whatever.
The report also attracted controversy because the Tories had claimed Professor Kevin Fenton was ‘leading’ the review, yet Public Health England (PHE) then stated merely that Fenton had ‘contributed’.
“The actions and inaction of Boris Johnson’s government have killed many tens of thousands of people – and he would rather hide that than fix it.”
Now it has emerged that the original report contained extensive recommendations, but these were removed by the Tories before the report’s release – and it appears that Prof Fenton did lead the review, but because much of the research and the resulting recommendations came from his work the government was deleting, his role was downgraded:
The government had already delayed the release of the report twice, the second time because of the Tories feared the anger of Black Lives Matter protesters.
And when they were eventually forced to release it, they deleted Fenton’s research involving more than 4,000 individuals and groups – and a string of recommendations for action – because Fenton’s efforts had highlighted massive:
social inequality and structural racism.
The anger at the Tories’ decision to hide the damage they have done to society and protect their own interests will rightly cause white-hot anger among those already outraged, not just by events in the US but by their mirror-image in the UK.
The actions and inaction of Boris Johnson’s government have needlessly killed many tens of thousands of people – and not just during the coronavirus crisis – and he would rather hide that than fix it.
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