Testing and Support for the NHS

We agree with the WHO that testing is critical. 

The UK has tested more people than almost any other major economy outside of China, South Korea and Italy.

We are increasing our testing capabilities yet further.

We have already increased the number of tests to 5,000 a day and this is now on its way to 10,000 and then radically further.

Ventilation is mission critical to treating this disease and we have been buying up ventilation equipment since the start of the crisis.

Advanced manufacturers, have responded to our call to join a national effort to produce the ventilators we need.

They know that we will buy all the ventilators they manufacture.


Further Expansion of Access to Coronavirus Testing

Yesterday the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, announced that anyone in England with coronavirus symptoms who either must go to work or is over 65 can now be tested. 

Those who can now be tested are:

Local Firms Doing Their Bit for the NHS

Last week, Captain Tom Moore, with an honour guard from his old regiment, completed his challenge to walk 100 lengths of his garden before reaching his 100th birthday. In doing so he has raised a staggering amount of money for the NHS – some £20m.

Dental Care and Coronavirus

The Government took the decision to suspend all routine face-to-face dental care appointments to allow more people to stay at home and away from others. However, urgent dental care for the minority of cases that require it will be available.

Blood Donations and COVID-19

I have been contacted by NHS Blood and Transplant. They need people who are fit and healthy to keep donating as normal. They have received a lot of calls asking if sessions are still going ahead.

Testing for Coronavirus

The Government will increase the number of people tested for COVID-19 to 25,000 hospital patients a day.

The increased capacity is expected to be ready within 4 weeks, with highest-priority cases being tested first.