Intensive Care: Ventilators

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many additional ventilators they plan to provide to each NHS Trust in England.

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. Around a dozen potential prototypes have now been presented to the Department which we are currently pursuing.

We will allocate these ventilators accordingly to each NHS trust based on clinical need.

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