Why do inequalities in BME mental healthcare still exist?
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Why do inequalities in BME mental healthcare still exist?

Ian Nnatu Medical director, Cygnet Hospital Harrow, Middlesex, Charing Cross Hospital, London

Having more black and minority ethnic mental health nurses and leaders could improve patient outcomes

Black and minority ethnic (BME) people are four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act (NHS Digital 2108a) than white people, and nearly one in four (23%) admissions to mental health hospitals involve people from a non-white background, even though they represent only one in seven (14%) of the UK population (Institute of Race Relations 2019).

Mental Health Practice. 22, 2, 16-16. doi: 10.7748/mhp.22.2.16.s9

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