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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th May 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many new ventilators have been manufactured in the UK since 31 January 2020.

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

At the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in March there were more than 8,000 mechanical ventilators in hospitals across the United Kingdom. Today, we have around 11,900 mechanical ventilators available to National Health Service patients. As of 6 May, 344 of these have been provided by new UK suppliers responding to the Prime Minister’s ventilator challenge and 118 by established UK suppliers.

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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