Making sure the NHS serves people of all races

Today the government has commissioned a review into racial bias in medical equipment, putting equality at the heart of our NHS and ensuring that everyone gets the health care they deserve.

  • The pandemic has brought the issue of potential bias in our health service to the forefront of people’s lives – advances in technologies and treatments should be benefitting everyone that uses our health service. 
  • That is why we are launching a review into potential racial bias in medical equipment, such as oximeters – to urgently find out more about the potential bias, including gender bias, in medical devices and what impact it is having on the front line and to patients of all backgrounds.
  • One of the founding principles of our NHS is equality and this review puts this founding principle at the forefront of our service. 

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