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How can pharmacies help protect BAME employees from COVID-19?

Pharmacist Ade Williams explains the importance of risk assessments in the pharmacy to help better protect some staff from COVID-19 infection


A report published by Public Health England on June 2 said that the risk of dying among those diagnosed with COVID-19 is higher in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups.

BAME pharmacists make up approximately 47% of the UK pharmacist workforce, according to General Pharmaceutical Council figures from September 2019. Pharmacy contractors have a duty to find out which staff are more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Five of the six community pharmacy professionals identified by C+D that have sadly died of the virus were from BAME backgrounds.

Mr Williams of Bedminster Pharmacy in Bristol discusses the importance of risk assessments to protect BAME pharmacy staff in C+D’s podcast with clinical editor Naimah Callachand. He says pharmacy organisations have a responsibility to make support and resources readily available to all pharmacy staff members from the BAME groups.

You can listen to the podcast below. Alternatively, subscribe to C+D's podcasts on iTunes or by searching “Chemist+Druggist podcast” on your preferred Android podcast app.

Please note, the sound quality of this podcast may be affected as it has been recorded remotely during the COVID-19 outbreak

To keep up with the latest updates for community pharmacy visit our COVID-19 hub.


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Not-So-Lucky Ex-Locum, Superintendent Pharmacist

Surely the protections needed are the same for EVERYONE. Protect one employee, you protect them all. While it's a fact that BAME are more susceptible to death once infected, if you protect them from that infection the point is moot. Pharmacy contractors have an obligation to ALL of their employees to protect them from potential infection. Not all vulnerabilities are visible and many people have died with NO overt additional risk factors at all.

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