Ventilators:Written question - 30021

Asked by Martyn Day
(Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

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Asked on: 16 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase production and supply of medical ventilators; and if he will make a statement.
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 26 March 2020
Holding answer received on 19 March 2020

Ventilator machines are usually linked to patients in Intensive Care Units/Critical Care/High Dependency Units, although some patients may have them at home or use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines to assist with their breathing.

We are scaling up intensive care beds. NHS England is looking at National Health Service organisations critical care capacity - including the availability of additional facilities of independent sector providers.

It is also making sure that they have as much ventilation equipment as possible and, crucially, the skilled and trained people to use it.

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