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      A perspective on health inequalities in BAME communities and how to improve access to primary care

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          This article takes a look at access to healthcare for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. Past research has shown that patients from ethnic minority backgrounds have faced inequality when accessing healthcare services. This article explores some of these reasons with a focus on primary care, including (but not limited to) language, culture, population diversity and institutional attitudes. The current reality for ethnic minority patients within our healthcare system is one which is substandard. New policies and processes should be created to tackle these issues, with ongoing quality research to further explore and monitor outcomes. With primary care being the front door to healthcare services, it must be geared to meet the needs of the whole population consistently and competently.

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          Contributors
          Role: general practitioner
          Journal
          Future Healthc J
          Future Healthc J
          Future Healthcare Journal
          Royal College of Physicians
          2514-6645
          2514-6653
          March 2021
          : 8
          : 1
          : 36-39
          Affiliations
          ARoyal College of General Practitioners, London, UK
          Author notes
          Address for correspondence: Dr Oluwatosin Sotubo, Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB, UK. Email: o.sotubo@ 123456nhs.net Twitter: @mindbodydoctor
          Article
          PMC8004339 PMC8004339 8004339 futurehealth
          10.7861/fhj.2020-0217
          8004339
          33791458
          c597b603-babc-4b9a-b53a-422b598ff781
          © Royal College of Physicians 2021. All rights reserved.
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          Figures: 0, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 23, Pages: 4
          Categories
          Inequality and Prevention

          BAME,inequality,primary care,culture,ethnic minority
          BAME, inequality, primary care, culture, ethnic minority

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