Debbie Shaffer, Founder

Debbie is the founder of FTWW / Fair Treatment for the Women of Wales, set up in 2013 as a result of her own lengthy diagnostic delays and struggles to access specialist treatment in Wales. Sensing that this would be a widespread issue, not least because of gender stereotypes which see ‘women’s health issues’ dismissed and under-served, Debbie created the FTWW community and now registered charity, where those affected could share their experiences and come together to advocate for change. As a disabled woman and health-service user, Debbie regularly represents patients on Welsh Government groups and wider UK clinical bodies, and is pleased to call herself a ‘critical friend’ to policy-makers.