Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th June 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 purchased from outside the UK since 31 January 2020.

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

We have been working rapidly to secure additional ventilator capacity through established United Kingdom suppliers and from overseas. The Joint Action Coordination Team was established, which works across the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide support and assistance for all international procurement work.

The Government is doing everything it can to ensure the National Health Service and care workers have the equipment and support they need to tackle this outbreak. Our overseas diplomatic network is engaged in a massive international procurement effort underway to buy the additional medical equipment the NHS needs. Almost 900 ventilators from overseas have arrived since March. They have been bought or donated from China, the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. Thousands more are due to arrive over the coming weeks.

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