A manufacturer of ventilator parts has blasted the government for its slow response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus causes respiratory problems among those it infects, and consequently the NHS needs to purchase thousands of ventilators to keep people alive.
However, one manufacturer of ventilator parts has said that the government has been dragging its feet for weeks.
Appearing on BBC Newsnight, Andrew Raynor of MEC Medical was asked what happened when he got in touch with the government weeks ago about supplying parts for ventilators.
“Nothing, quite honestly,” Raynor said.
He claims the government asked him to fill-in an online form, to provide details about what his company could supply.
However, no-one got back in touch until fairly recently, when the government decided to step-up its efforts.
The issue is, Raynor explains, ventilators can’t just be produced out of thin air.
“I can tell you now, they’re not days away,” he said.
“They’re going to be weeks away. And the volume that our government require and the manufacturing that’s going to have to go into these – there’s no quick solution.”
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