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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.

This work will sit alongside our specific work on government procurement during the pandemic and supplying the NHS and adult social care sector with personal protective equipment (PPE).

Read more about all our work to report on the government’s response to the pandemic.