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Increasing the number of ventilators available to the NHS in response to COVID-19

In our previous report Overview of the UK government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic we signalled our intention to report on how government has managed risks created by its response to the crisis, including with respect to procurement and supply chains for items such as ventilators. This new investigation will set out the facts about the government’s efforts to rapidly increase the number of ventilators available to the NHS, in response to COVID-19.

It will cover both the ‘Ventilator Challenge’ to encourage UK manufacturers to design and build ventilators, and the purchase of ventilators on the world market.

As part of this investigation, we are interested in the perspectives of key stakeholders such as businesses involved in the design, manufacture or distribution of ventilators; clinicians; and academics; and or other experts. If you would like to contribute, you can do so via this consultation. The consultation will close on Sunday 12th July at 23:59 (GMT+0). We are grateful for any responses given and will use the information gathered to help us understand stakeholder experiences.