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Eastern Eye celebrates NHS and paper’s roundtable calls on government to ‘unleash the BAME talent.’

Posted on: July 2, 2020 by Ian Murray

Eastern Eye has published a special edition turning the spotlight on the NHS and the role of BAME employees and groups in both its creation and during the present Covid-19 crisis.

The edition also spotlights an exclusive BAME virtual roundtable featuring black and Asian leaders from the world of politics and anti-racism activism which called on the government to do more to end racism in the UK.

The roundtable consisted of Lord Simon Woolley, director of Operation Black Vote and chair of the government’s race disparity unit, Dawn Butler MP, Sanjay Bhandari the chair of football’s Kick it Out and Sunder Katwala director of the identity and integration think-tank British Future.

Eastern Eye reported there was agreement on the panel that there was a window of opportunity at present to convince the government to ‘unleash the BAME talent’ in the UK.

In its special multi-page spotlight on the NHS to mark its 72nd anniversary, the paper carried a message from Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The section included spotlights on the role of migrants in building the NHS and how BAME groups need better access to the service as well as more compatible services.