Cabinet Office

Ventilator Challenge

In March 2020, Government modelling showed that the NHS would run out of ventilators for COVID-19 patients within weeks. The Cabinet Office and PA Consulting team were tasked with rapidly delivering thousands of lifesaving mechanical ventilators through new designs and existing design manufacture scale up. The specialist team triaged designs and sourced, expedited and deconflicted millions of components to ensure that thousands of cost effective, regulator approved ventilators were available for patient use should they be required.