Ventilators

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new ventilators have been supplied to the NHS as a result of the Prime Minister’s UK ventilator challenge.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in March there were more than 8,000 ventilators in hospitals across the United Kingdom. Today, we have over 10,800 mechanical ventilators available to National Health Service patients. There are another 2,000 mechanical ventilators on order that are expected to be available shortly, comprising 1,500 sourced from existing providers and 500 from new UK suppliers responding to the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge.

This figure will continue to rise as we procure further equipment and more products from the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge become available.

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