UK spent £569m on 20,900 ventilators for Covid care but most remain unused

Government was right to prioritise speed over cost, says National Audit Office

The government spent £569m buying 20,900 ventilators to keep people alive during the Covid-19 pandemic but lack of demand means NHS hospitals have used just a few of them.

All but 2,150 of the machines it bought are still being held in a Ministry of Defence warehouse in case they are needed in the coming second wave of the disease.

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