Schoolchildren could be taught life-saving CPR under new Labour proposals

15 January 2015        

School children learning CPR

The Labour Party has released a new strategy to improve the nation’s health if the party wins the next election.

As part of the strategy, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham said that all young people would have access to training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of defibrillators before they leave school. 

The party would push to increase the number of Automatic External Defibrillators in major public venues.

The strategy also aims to protect children from the marketing of products that are high in fat, salt and sugar.

We are calling for these important measures because they could help save thousands of lives by helping prevent the onset of heart disease, and keeping more hearts beating in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Simon Gillespie
Chief Executive

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “The BHF has been campaigning strongly for a number of years for measures such as lifesaving CPR to be a mandatory part of the school curriculum and for action to be taken to stop our young people being bombarded with junk food advertising before the 9pm watershed.

We are calling for these important measures because they could help save thousands of lives by helping prevent the onset of heart disease, and keeping more hearts beating in the event of a cardiac arrest.


“Cardiovascular disease kills around 160,000 people in the UK every year. Each year over 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital. These figures show why improving the nation’s heart health and getting more people trained in CPR should be high on every political agenda. 

“We are keen for all political parties to support these crucial causes.”