Dudley Council leader makes a personal appeal for PPE

The leader of Dudley Council has made a personal appeal for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Councillor Patrick Harley said the authority was still in need of visors, gloves, masks and other equipment for frontline workers, such as council social workers.

It comes as the government faces mounting criticism over concerns about supply of protective gear for frontline staff.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the government wants to engage with companies who can help with the PPE shortages.

Mr Harley also thanked those who had already donated PPE and praised the work of local manufacturing firm Thomas Dudley, who have invented a new tool to make face guards using plastic injection moulding.

I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the local firms who have come forward so far to donate PPE equipment. We still need more, which is why I wanted to make a personal appeal to anyone who can come forward and help out. We are all in this fight together. We are seeing brilliantly innovative work from firms in the Black Country, including one of the oldest and most long-standing, Thomas Dudley. What they are doing is incredible and I would like to thank them on behalf of the borough."

Councillor Patrick Harley
Workers assembling face guards at West Midlands manufacturer Thomas Dudley Credit: Thomas Dudley

As a UK manufacturer that is proudly celebrating our 100th year in business, we are passionate about serving the local community. We have been delighted to help out on a not-for-profit basis to supply the NHS in this time of need. The first parts were delivered to the NHS on the 13th April and ongoing supplies will be produced at cost. We thank our supply chain partners for working with us to help make this happen."

Martin Dudley, Thomas Dudley's Chairman

The council is asking businesses to donate any spare PPE they currently have in stock including:

  • Fluid repellent disposable gowns

  • Nitrile non-sterile gloves

  • Plastic aprons

  • Eyewear and face protection

  • FFP2 and FFP3 masks

  • IIR Surgical masks