A statement on the COVID-19 situation in India

A statement from the Co-Chairs of the Turning the Tide Transformation Oversight Board – Adam Doyle, ICS Leader and CEO of the Sussex NHS Commissioners and Lola Banjoko, Executive Lead for BAME Disparity Programme and Executive Managing Director for Brighton and Hove CCG.

The scenes currently being witnessed in India are truly tragic and we know are extremely distressing and moving for everyone across our health and care system.

As Co-Chairs of the Turning the Tide Transformation Oversight Board, and through our System BAME Disparity Programme, we have engaged with our BAME Network and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Leads across Sussex about the devastating situation. A number of our colleagues have friends and families in India and other countries still being significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, such as Brazil and South Africa, and we wanted to take this opportunity to extend our heartfelt support, condolences and sympathy to everyone at this very distressing time.

We also want to recognise that many of our communities are similarly impacted and this is the opportunity to offer support in many forms at this time. We know that many of our organisations have already been offering support to staff who have been impacted, including asking line managers to make sure individuals are given the personal support they need.

It is particularly important at this time that our colleagues who are from India, or have family and friends from India, have the support they need, including signposting to the health and wellbeing offers we have put in place. This includes bespoke offers for different race and faith groups. We need to make sure staff feel enabled to access this support and have the time and space to use them if they need to at this difficult time.