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Public Accounts Committee praises the UK Ventilator Challenge

Back in March, the Government asked PA to lead an emergency response to manufacture and distribute ventilators at unprecedented pace and scale. PA mobilised and brought together an agile and diverse team from across the public and private sectors to achieve one of the most mission-critical challenges of recent times. Read the full story of the UK Ventilator Challenge here.

In an article for The Times, MP and public accounts committee member James Wild said the PAC’s report concluded the project was a “significant achievement” that ensures the UK has a stockpile of ventilators should they be needed.

The article explains how the Ventilator Challenge brought together clinicians, regulators, and departments to support decision-making and funded multiple designs until they were not viable or needed. 15,000 ventilators were delivered in just four months, rather than the years it would normally take, at an average cost of £18,300.

James says: “As it turned out, lockdown slowed the virus’s spread and patients that required a ventilator had one. However, ministers consciously set higher targets to ensure spare ventilator capacity was in place.”

The article goes on to outline the committee’s recommendations for Government for future programmes, based on lessons learned.

It concludes: “At the end of our committee session, perhaps unusually, I asked officials whether any of the industry participants or civil servants involved in the programme had been recognised in the Covid-19 honours list. So far, none have. In my view they deserve to be.”

Read the article in The Times

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