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The government of the United Kingdom identified a critical need: the NHS was critically short of respirators. They put out what isn’t exactly a Request for Quote. It is more like a Plea for Help.
We're looking for businesses who can support in the supply of ventilators and ventilator components across the UK as part of our response to #coronavirus. If you think your business can help, please find out more and register your details: https://t.co/WB0jKgw2EP
— Dept for BEIS (@beisgovuk) March 17, 2020
Nick Grey, Owner of Gtech began working on the project after being contacted by Gareth Rhys Williams, Government Chief Commercial Officer, in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“At first I thought it was a hoax – being asked if I could assist in making up to 30,000 medical ventilators in as little as two weeks,” said Nick.
“When I realised that this was a genuine need I felt compelled to help”.
Nick spent Sunday learning how ventilators worked and on Monday tasked Gtech’s engineering and model making team to tackle the challenge. He also bought a ventilator off eBay and arranged for it to be collected first thing Monday morning.
Step 1: Blow, don’t suck. See? We’re halfway there already!
Gtech is well on the way to answering a desperate need.
Notice anything unseemly about what I take to be the design team?
Not exactly a shining example of diversity, are they? I mean, one or more of them could be gay, I suppose, but do any of them dress gay? I think not!
Surely this kind of thing cannot be allowed in this day and age. How can you expect to get by on “getting the job done” without at least one hermaphroditic two-spirited little-person of color (or that should be “colour” I guess) on staff.
I think an investigation is in order.Published in