Coronavirus: PM urges industry to help make NHS ventilators

16 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to speak to engineering firms about whether they can shift production lines to building NHS ventilators. It comes amid growing concern about a shortage of life-saving equipment as coronavirus infections increase. Carmakers and the Midlands-based construction equipment firm JCB are among manufacturers to be contacted.

BBC News quoted Downing Street as wanting the manufacturing sector to "come together to help the country".

"Preparing for the spread of the coronavirus outbreak is a national priority and we are calling on the manufacturing industry and all those with relevant expertise who might be able to help to come together to help the country tackle this national crisis"

Downing Street said. "We need to step up production of vital equipment such as ventilators so that we can all help the most vulnerable, and we need businesses to come to us and help in this national effort."

Matt Hancock: "Getting through this is going to be a national effort." It is understood one subject on the agenda during the prime minister's talks with industry on Monday is whether specialist firms that make ventilators and other critical equipment might be prepared to share their intellectual property. Engineers have already been asked to draw up plans to quickly produce more ventilators. If you produce ventilators please call the BEIS Business Support helpline on 0300 456 3565.

Sourced from BBC News.