18 Apr 2023

Racism plays a key role in disproportionate deaths of Black mothers during child birth, says report from MPs

It is a shocking statistic – Black women are four times more likely than white women to die during childbirth in NHS hospitals in England and Wales.

A statistic made all the more shocking for the fact we’ve known it for years – yet little seems to improve.

Now MPs have demanded action.

A new report from the Commons Women’s Equality Committee says  the government and NHS leadership have underestimated the extent to which racism plays a role and has called for a more focused government strategy.