Leanne Wood

  1. Lack of PPE designed for women a 'scandal', says Plaid AM

    A lack of personal protective equipment designed to fit women is a "scandal within the scandal" during the coronavirus pandemic, a Plaid Cymru AM says.

    Masks, face shields, gloves, and gowns are being used to help protect frontline workers, including doctors and nurses, during the outbreak.

    But with much of the PPE unisex, some healthcare workers are saying that even the smallest sizes are too big for some women.

    The Royal College of Nursing has described "one-size-fits-all" personal protective equipment as "problematic" and "restrictive" when it can be worn for up to 12 hours during shifts.

    In a statement on her website, Rhondda AM Leanne Wood said of the 80,000 plus NHS Wales staff, almost 77% are women and leaving them with badly fitting PPE was exposing them “to a killer virus".

    “Women have different body shapes to men. Even masks designed for the average man’s head are unlikely to be a good fit. Not only will PPE designed for men be uncomfortable for most women to wear but it will not provide the protection it is designed for," she wrote.

    Nurse in PPE
  2. 'People will despair'

    Former Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said: "This was a referendum on Brexit – it's clear people want it to happen."

    “People will start to despair if they’ve got similar politics to myself," said the Rhondda AM.

    "It means more austerity and greater threats to public services."

    She was speaking to The Leaders Lounge Live on BBC Radio Wales.

    Leanne Wood
    Image caption: Leanne Wood is the former leader of Plaid Cymru