Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people using social care services are more likely to die from coronavirus than white people, new data shows.
Research from the CQC, supported by the Office of National Statistics, reveals that the proportion of deaths in adult social care settings due to COVID-19 was higher for black (49%) and Asian (42%) people compared to white people (41%) and people from mixed or multiple ethnic groups (41%).
The data published includes death notifications in all adult social care settings from April 10 to May 15.
The news follows a report from Public Health England that found people from minority ethnic communities had faced a higher risk of death from coronavirus overall than their white British counterparts.
The report said historic racism and poorer experiences of healthcare or at work may mean that individuals in BAME groups are less likely to seek care when needed.
Kate Terroni, chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the CQC, said “urgent action” is needed to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on people from BME backgrounds in adult social care settings.
“This data indicates a disproportionate impact on people from BME backgrounds from COVID-19 in adult social care but the limitations of the data mean that much more work is needed,” she said.
“More data is critical to understanding the actions that need to be taken across adult social care to ensure that all people are given safe, high quality care, appropriate for their individual needs. Today’s data also highlights the much wider question of how ethnicity is recorded across adult social care.”
The CQC is undertaking a targeted piece of work to review death notifications and how it can work with providers to ensure data provided to the regulator is accurate and accessible.
“We will be looking at how we collect data on ethnicity as part of this,” said Terroni. “But data is only one part of the picture. Everyone involved in adult social care needs to be alert to the increased risk to people from BME backgrounds from COVID-19 in care settings. Every part of the sector needs to work together to look at what is behind the numbers and really examine the care people receive and what can be done to improve this situation.”