The APPG on Stem Cell Transplantation is currently holding an inquiry into the barriers which patients needing a stem cell transplant face in accessing vital treatment and care.
This includes, but is not limited to, a patient’s geographical location, socioeconomic background and ethnicity. The full Terms of Reference for the inquiry can be viewed here.
Exploring barriers to accessing treatment and care is more relevant than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and amplified existing health inequalities. A recent report published by Public Health England (PHE) showed that the risk of dying among those diagnosed with Covid-19 is higher among people of a black, Asian and ethnic minority background than in white ethnic groups. Additionally, mortality rates in the most deprived areas were twice those in the least deprived areas. Our PPA team are currently in the process of gathering evidence from patients and their families, clinicians and healthcare professionals, researchers, policymakers and charities, to understand barriers patients may face, why unequal access may exist and how we might be able to overcome these barriers. There will be a report published in Spring 2021.