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The latest from the Welsh Government on Coronavirus

Risk assessement tool for BAME NHS and social care workers in Wales announced by Vaughan Gething

We’ve been hearing the latest from the Welsh Health Minister on the battle against Coronavirus in Wales

In a live briefing this lunchtime Vaughan Gething covered the new risk assessment tool for people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who work in health and social care – and he gave the latest thinking about balancing the harm caused by lockdown and the direct harm caused by infection by Covid 19.

He said a new risk assessment has been launched to support people from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds in the NHS and social care in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Its called the  all-Wales COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool and is the first major piece of work from an advisory group set up to look at the reasons why people from black and minority ethnic communities are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus.

The two-stage risk assessment can be used in across the NHS and social care.

People at increased risk may agree to adjustments to their working arrangements or to work from home.

He also told assembled journalists that the Welsh Government were working on improving the online booking system for drive-through coronavirus testing centres in Wales.

“Untenable”

In response to journalists’ questions Mr Gething also made it clear that if he had breached lockdown in the same way as the PM’s unelected advisor Dominic Cummings, he would have considered his position “untenable”.

He said it wasn’t just about one individual’s job but about the loss of public trust and the expectation that rules to tackle coronavirus applied to everyone.

You can hear the whole briefing here:

 

 

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