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Maternity Disparities Taskforce meeting

The Minister for Women's Health, Maria Caulfield, and chief midwifery officer, Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, co-chaired the second meeting of the Maternity Disparities Taskforce.

The taskforce was launched in February 2022 to explore inequalities in maternity care and identify how the government can improve outcomes for women from ethnic minority communities and those living in the most deprived areas.

Discussion focused on the role of healthcare practitioners in supporting women’s health before and during pregnancy while the NHS tackles the coronavirus (COVID-19) backlog. It called for more targeted interventions to reach women from ethnic minorities and those living in the most deprived areas.

As part of Action 22 of Inclusive Britain, the government has committed to consider and support "evidence-based interventions to address the current disparities in outcomes through the Maternity Disparities Taskforce".

 

'Ethnic minorities' added to government style guide

The Government Digital Service has added a new entry on 'ethnic minorities' to its style guide.

The entry includes advice on not using the term 'BAME', and links to guidance on writing about ethnicity on the Ethnicity facts and figures website.

As part of Action 5 of Inclusive Britain, the government has committed to stop using 'BAME'.

 

News in brief

The College of Policing published its Police Race Action Plan. The plan aims to address disparities affecting black people and lower levels of trust and confidence in the police among some black people. A survey on the plan closes on 28 August.

The Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch, appeared on LBC's Difficult Women podcast. The podcast, hosted by Rachel Johnson, explores what it means to be seen as 'difficult' by speaking to some of the UK's most influential and challenging women.

Government COVID-19 adviser Dr Raghib Ali won a Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact and Engagement Award. The award was for his work with RDU, ONS and the NHS on understanding the causes of the impact of COVID-19 on ethnic minorities.

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