To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support his Department is providing to NHS trusts in the North West to tackle the increase in cases of covid-19 in that region.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
29 May 2020
The North West runs a robust process, led by the Regional Medical Director, working with three critical care networks in the region ensuring trusts in the region have access to all the appropriate resources to manage patient care.
Additional capacity has been established within each trust to ensure that there is capacity and capability for the increase of patients with COVID-19 requiring care including oxygen therapy, non-invasive ventilatory support and mechanical ventilation.
Trusts, through their critical care network, have requested additional equipment from the national team where a need has been identified, to ensure each is well supplied and able to support the changing needs of the situation.