Manufacturers asked to make medical equipment

IOM3 Content Cafe
17 Mar 2020

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke with the country’s leading manufacturing businesses and organisations on March 16, calling on them to help the UK step up production of vital medical equipment, such as ventilators.

The Prime Minister was joined by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on the call where it was made clear that responding to coronavirus and reducing the spread of the peak requires a national effort. Manufacturers were asked to rise to this urgent challenge by offering skills and expertise as well as manufacturing the components themselves. Businesses can get involved in any part of the process: design, procurement, assembly, testing, and shipping.

He set the ambition for industry to manufacture as many new ventilators as possible. The government Chief Commercial Officer and Commercial Director from the NHS set out the clinical and design specifications. The government will remain in contact with businesses on anything further that the NHS might need to respond to the virus.

A number of companies are said to be already engaged in the effort and exploring how they can best support. Any business that is able to help should phone the BEIS Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565 or visit