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New observatory will set out actions to tackle racism “within months,” say campaigners

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m2395 (Published 15 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2395

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  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

The architects behind the new NHS Race and Health Observatory have vowed that it will deliver actionable recommendations within months to tackle the structural racism that exists throughout healthcare.

Victor Adebowale and Mala Rao called for an observatory to tackle the ethnic health inequalities in the UK in a special issue of The BMJ that they co-edited in February (bmj.com/racism-in-medicine) and NHS England confirmed at the end of the May that the centre would go ahead.1

Speaking at a meeting to discuss the aims of the observatory on 12 June, Adebowlae told more than 20 assembled stakeholders that he wanted the new centre “to fire on all cylinders,” making recommendations for changes …

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