RCPsych respond to publication of the Observatory’s new maternity mapping review

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09 December 2022

New research carried out by the independent health organisation NHS Race and Health Observatory, the University of Liverpool and the University of Warwick, found few maternal policies developed by hospital trusts and other providers have a focus on addressing ethnic health inequalities across maternity care.

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

“Today’s report makes for sad and very uncomfortable reading. It is essential we improve research and develop more well-evidenced programmes to support maternal and neonatal healthcare for Black, Asian and ethnic minority women.

“The leading cause of maternal mortality is death related to mental illness, yet this is the area where we have seen the least improvement, with those from minority ethnic communities disproportionately affected.

“A key focus of Integrated Care Boards is to reduce inequalities by bringing together NHS organisations, local authorities, voluntary community and social enterprises. Given they provide a great opportunity for well-evidenced, large-scale health interventions, it is disappointing to see so little in the way of effective interventions in this area. 

“Patients from minority ethnic communities should not expect disparities in care they receive. Integrated Care Boards must urgently take effective action to reduce these unacceptable inequalities.”



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