Cabinet Minister Michael Gove confirmed in a press conference today, 27 March, that Birmingham’s NEC and Manchester Central will both be made into emergency hospitals to cope with Covid-19.
CEO of the NEC Group, Paul Thandi, said: “We have been working with our brilliant NHS and the MOD to plan, build and open a field hospital as quickly as possible, to help combat the life-threatening situation our country faces in dealing with COVID-19. We will now offer the necessary resource and assistance in adapting the NEC appropriately, ready for imminent use.
“With the full and ongoing support of Blackstone, our majority shareholder, we are confident we can play our part to assist our NHS and MOD in our country’s efforts to combat the threat to life COVID-19 represents.”
It follows the news this week that ExCeL London is being converted into an emergency hospital facility.