Heroism Bill could help save lives

4 June 2014        

Man applying defibrillator

People who act in the best interests of society will be recognised in law, the Government has announced in the Queen’s speech.

The new ‘Heroism Bill’ is aimed at allaying public fears about possible prosecution under health and safety legislation or other laws.

Simon Gillespie, our Chief Executive, said: “When someone collapses and isn’t breathing normally, it’s vital that bystanders take action by dialling 999, carrying out CPR and using a defibrillator if one is available.

“Despite the fact we’ve never heard of anyone being successfully prosecuted, we know people worry about legal consequences if things go wrong.

“By recognising potential life-savers as heroes in the eyes of the law, we hope this new Bill will give people the confidence to step forward and help in life-threatening medical emergencies.”

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