In the wake of evidence of higher death rates among BAME staff in England, this has been published by the RCN today:
The latest RCN member-wide survey shows that for nursing staff working in high-risk environments (including intensive and critical care units), only 43% of respondents from a BAME background said they had enough eye and face protection equipment. This is in stark contrast to 66% of white British nursing staff. There were also disparities in access to fluid-repellent gowns and in cases of nursing staff being asked to re-use single-use PPE items. The survey found similar gaps for those working in non-high-risk environments. Meanwhile, staff reported differences in PPE training, with 40% of BAME respondents saying they had not had training compared with just 31% of white British respondents. Nearly a quarter of BAME nursing staff said they had no confidence that their employer is doing enough to protect them from COVID-19, compared with only 11% of white British respondents.
4 418 out of the RCN’s 450 000 staff responded, less than 1%, in a self-selecting study. Of those 11% or 486 were based in Scotland. There is no breakdown in the data so we cannot see how they actually responded.
However, in the light of other evidence, serious doubt must be cast upon the notion that BAME staff in Scotland suffered particular PPE shortages:
- There are no examples of such mentioned in the 30 page document.
- There are no media reports of such cases in Scotland. If there were cases they’d be eagerly reported by Scottish MSM.
- Contrary to England, the death rate among BAME patients or staff is lower than for the ‘white’ population: https://beta.isdscotland.org/find-publications-and-data/population-health/covid-19/covid-19-statistical-report/
- A search for deaths among BAME staff in Scotland suggests, perhaps, none.