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Listening to BAME residents of York 2020
St Leonard's Hospice are helping promote Healthwatch York's question to local BAME residents: Does the colour of your skin or ethnicity affect how you are treated when you use local health and social care services?

Read below to find out more about this research project. Click here to complete the survey.
Posted Aug 03

Listening to BAME residents of York 2020

Healthwatch York want to work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) residents of York, to make sure they are listened to, and their experiences used to shape local health and social care services.

They believe that everyone’s voice is equal and meaningful, and feel they should work closer with York’s BAME residents to make sure their experiences are heard and taken seriously.

Healthwatch York works hard to talk to local residents, and to use what they say to make positive change in health and social care services for local people.

They will write a report based on the findings and this will then be shared with people who make decisions about local health and social care services, and the people who run those services.

On a national level, Healthwatch England wants to stand in solidarity with BAME people and also alongside the Black Lives Matter movement. Imelda Redmond, Healthwatch England National Director, said: “We stand in solidarity with people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities we serve. Recent events must make us all stop, question ourselves and ask what we can all do better.

“What can we do to stand up against racism? How can we help society understand the reasons why people from Black and Asian communities have been so disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 outbreak? What more can we do to ensure equality and celebrate diversity?

“Local Healthwatch services have done much to champion the voices of those who are often overlooked or go unheard, but we must do more to help change the ways things are done.

“In our work to help communities recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, we need to all listen to the stories of those affected, make sure that everyone’s voices matter and that lessons are learned.

“If you have had an experience of health and care support, whether good or bad, that services could learn from, I appeal to you come forward, talk to your local Healthwatch and have your say.”

“Local Healthwatch services have done much to champion the voices of those who are often overlooked or go unheard, but we must do more to help change the ways things are done.”

You can help make health and care services better by sharing your experiences and ideas. Talk to your local Healthwatch on 01904 621133 or please complete the survey. Here is a direct link to the survey on Survey Monkey - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BAMEYork2020