Ventilators: Manufacturing Industries

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd April 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with arms manufacturers about utilising such manufacturers' ability to produce ventilators 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 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 ramping up the production of existing designs or new ventilation machines. Nearly 4,000 companies have responded, including defence contractors.

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

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