Statement from Lambeth Clinical Cabinet and GP Clinical Commissioners about Black Lives Matter
The death of George Floyd and the worldwide response to his killing have served as a reminder of the deep inequalities that remain in our society.
We, the Lambeth Clinical Cabinet of GPs along with the GP Commissioning leads acknowledge the disproportionate impact of these inequalities on people of Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
We also acknowledge the negative health and social impact that Covid-19 has had on BAME communities both directly and also in highlighting further the existing inequalities in our society.
In Lambeth, general practice is provided by a diverse workforce of whom we are justifiably proud. We have risen to the challenge of the pandemic and have been agile and swift in our responses. This has ensured that general practice has remained open all the way through the lockdown.
We aspire to look after our staff well. We will ensure that we fully assess the risks to our staff and take all necessary steps to minimise those risks. We also aspire to look after the wellbeing of all our staff.
General practice is for everyone. We are here to advocate for the health of our patients. We will ensure that we increase our efforts to tackle the health inequalities suffered by BAME communities but also others that are disadvantaged in our society today.
We pledge that we will work collaboratively with our partner organisations in health and social care to improve the health and wellbeing of patients registered with practices in Lambeth.