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Coronavirus: Ventilators

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 30905, tabled on 17 March 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new ventilators have been manufactured in the UK since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

27 March 2020

Work preparing the National Health Service has been ongoing and we have already nearly doubled ventilator capacity. New and existing suppliers are being asked to build as many as they can. The Prime Minister has issued a call to United Kingdom industry to produce additional ventilators and the Department asked appropriate potential manufacturers on Friday 13 March to come forward with proposals for new ventilation machines. Around a dozen potential prototypes have now been presented to the Department which we are currently pursuing.