By Tony Winterburn • 27 April 2020 • 7:58
PRISONERS from Britain’s jails are being put to work making personal protective equipment to help in the battle against coronavirus and save hospitals money.
These ‘lockdown lags’ from eight category B and C jails around the country will start making hospital scrubs and face visors this week as part of a ‘national effort’ to beat the disease, the Justice Secretary said. The items they produce will cost around a third of the normal commercial rate, with a typical set of scrubs costing around £5, compared with £15 on the open market.
Prisoners will be paid their standard weekly wage of around £12.50 to make the garments, with an initial order for 5,000 scrub tops and bottoms and 5,000 drawstring laundry bags for the scrubs placed by NHS trusts.
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