Do health and social care services work well for Bangladeshi peopleDownload (PDF 3.18MB)
Summary of report content
Healthwatch Tower Hamlets gathered the views of 638 Bangladeshi people in Tower Hamlets to understand and share their experience of health and social care services. Their findings suggest Bangladeshi residents have a more positive perception of their quality of life than their neighbours of different ethnicities. This includes-
- perception of air quality, community safety, involvement in local decision-making, as well as the quality of health and social care services.
- Bangladeshi young people experience a fair level of mental wellbeing; similar to their peers of other ethnicities.
- Bangladeshi expectant mothers generally feel that they receive a good service from both consultant-led and midwife-led maternity units. Parents are happy with the service that GPs provide for children.
- Sexual health services are praised for providing a trustworthy, confidential service.
- Most patients accessing mental health services had positive experiences with psychotherapists and psychiatrists, whether accessed through hospitals, community mental health teams or other community settings.
- There is interest among Bangladeshi residents for a Tower Hamlets public health campaign to encourage walking.
The report also found that Bangladeshi population of Tower Hamlets were affected in multiple complex ways by income inequalities and deprivation which included ability to afford exercising facilities and classes, poor dietary choices, financial stress and worry and increased risk of homelessness.