Race and Ethnic Disparities: Black GP says review is "shocking and disappointing" on health outcomes
A landmark race report has said it “rejects the common view” that ethnic minorities in the UK have worse health outcomes than the white population. The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities review claims that for some key health metrics, including life expectancy and overall mortality, ethnic minority groups had better outcomes than the white majority population. The report, commissioned in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, says this evidence “clearly suggests” ethnicity is not the “major driver” of health inequalities in the UK. Instead, it suggests that deprivation, geography and differential exposure to key risk factors, including obesity, smoking and alcohol use, were indicators for worse health outcomes. Dr Adwoa Danso is a GP who runs The Clinic Diaries – a social media platform that discusses health and clinical issues, and where she has recently been vocal on the Black Lives Matter movement and the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations. How did we get here? Explaining the news is a podcast from 5 News. Join Andy Bell as he explains the world's biggest news stories through interviews with politicians, experts, and analysts.