Informative response from HMG to claims made by the FT this weekend
30 March 2020
The article below contains relevant business updates.
The 28/03/20 edition of FT Weekend contains a number of inaccurate claims about the UK’s efforts to procure and manufacture ventilators in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
To date, there are more than 8,000 ventilators available to NHS patients, with another 8,000 expected from existing international manufacturers in the coming weeks. The government have also been clear that the UK must step up production of ventilators even further to support the UK’s response to the virus and save lives.
The government has partnered with a number of the UK’s leading technology and engineering firms with smaller manufacturers to rapidly build existing, modified or newly designed ventilators at speed, with seven priority projects underway. They are working to improve the speed at which current UK ventilator manufacturers can produce their devices, with larger companies changing their existing operations to help provide the UK with the equipment and personnel it needs for this effort. Many other UK manufacturers are building, designing and developing new effective, safe and easy-to-build ventilators – all orders from the government will be subject to them passing stringent safety tests.
The government’s overriding aim is to protect the NHS and save lives.
Please click here to read the list of claims by the FT and HMG response to each of these.