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The Health Secretary has been urged to investigate concerns over access to mental health services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients.Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica Lennon has written to Jeane Freeman asking her to take action following claims BAME people can struggle to get proper mental health treatment.Dr Asif…
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities will benefit from a new fund to improve their health, education and integration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne said today. Six pilot projects will each receive a share of £170,000 of new funding, and will be run by or in partnership with the Gypsy, Roma and…
Austerity and immigration policies imposed by the Government have made the UK a more racist country, a UN inspector has said.Tendayi Achiume, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Racism, criticised the Government's adoption of "sweeping austerity measures" since 2010, which have "disproportionately" affected ethnic minorities.Ms Achiume's preliminary findings, which included criticism…
An article in the Times which claimed a judge ruled that a Christian child must be removed from a Muslim foster home was a "distortion", the press watchdog has ruled. Tower Hamlets Council in east London said the story was inaccurate and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) upheld its…
Islamic representatives in Northern Ireland have welcomed Ian Paisley's apology for retweeting a controversial remark on Ramadan by right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins. Members of the Belfast Islamic Centre said they have contacted the North Antrim MP to seek clarity on his position on Ms Hopkins' comment. They also welcomed a…
White shortlisted job applicants are up to three times more likely to be appointed than black and minority ethnic (BME) applicants in six major NHS organisations and are more likely to report harassment, bullying or abuse from colleagues in four, according to a report. The six bodies which oversee the…
Many children "will be condemned to start life in poverty" as a result of Government changes to taxes and social security, a major new report has warned. Watchdog the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found women, ethnic minorities and disabled people would all be adversely affected as a result…
Prime Minister Theresa May said she is "looking at" the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of "institutional racism". Labour MP Steve Reed (pictured) said young black men using mental health services were more likely to be subject to detention and "severe" physical restraint, as he…
Members of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups face barriers to mental health services because of a communication breakdown between healthcare users and providers, and cultural factors, such as an inability to accept mental health problems and stigma. Those are the key findings from a new study by Brighton and…
People in Northern Ireland have less protection against racial discrimination than other parts of the UK, European experts say. Employers and public bodies are only allowed to take a limited range of special measures to combat disadvantage, according to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI). The expert body…
Almost eight hate crimes or incidents are reported to police in Northern Ireland every day, a report said. The number of racist cases reduced slightly to 1,133 in the 12 months to June but remained one of the highest tallies since records began in 2004, according to Police Service of…
Ethnic minorities in Scotland are more likely to experience overcrowding, poverty and unemployment, according to a new report. Research by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) shows that in 2013, ethnic minority households were four times more likely than their white neighbours to live in overcrowded properties. People from…
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