The Scotsman

Pledge to end racial in­equal­ity

- By ELLA PICKOVER Health · Public Health · Mental Health · Medicine · Society · Health Care · Health Conditions · Oxford University · Oxford

A num­ber of health lead­ers have signed a pledge to stamp out racial in­equal­i­ties in men­tal health care.

Men­tal health lead­ers have promised to “ini­ti­ate fun­da­men­tal ser­vice level changes to re­duce eth­nic in­equal­i­ties in ac­cess, ex­pe­ri­ence and out­comes” across trusts and com­mu­nity ser­vices.

Thirty lead­ers in the field have signed the pledge al­ready, in­clud­ing men­tal health trust bosses and coun­cil lead­ers. The pledge, or­gan­ised by the Syn­ergi Col­lab­o­ra­tive Cen­tre, also makes a se­ries of prom­ises in­clud­ing to work with BAME com­mu­ni­ties to en­hance care and supporting re­search and de­vel­op­ment in the area.

Kamaldeep Bhui, Syn­ergi’s di­rec­tor and pro­fes­sor of psy­chi­a­try at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford, said: “I’m de­lighted to launch this pow­er­ful al­liance be­tween the NHS, lo­cal gov­ern­ment, char­ity providers and BAME com­mu­nity groups in a na­tional move­ment to transform men­tal health sys­tems to be less in­sti­tu­tion­ally racist, more en­abling, thought­ful and in­clu­sive; one that re­spects the work­force and ac­knowl­edges that all peo­ple need health care in the NHS.”

One of the sig­na­to­ries, Dr Sara Munro, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Leeds and York Partnershi­p NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, added that: “Now, more than ever, we must move to tackle eth­nic in­equal­i­ties in health­care.”

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