Intensive Care: Medical Equipment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to create an online hackathon platform to help design and deploy an open-source ventilator for the NHS.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

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 13 March to come forward with proposals for new ventilation machines.

The Department is already considering several prototypes from manufacturers in response and has no plans to establish online platforms as part of the procurement process.

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