New Bill to teach CPR at secondary schools could save lives

24 June 2015        

Today we welcomed the presentation of a Bill to Parliament by Teresa Pearce MP to ensure pupils at secondary school are taught life saving CPR skills and defibrillator awareness.

After selection in the Private Members' Bill ballot - which allows members to raise the profile of an issue in a bid to change the law - Teresa Pearce, MP chose to use the opportunity to introduce a Bill to call for first aid including CPR training in all state funded secondary schools. The Bill will be debated in Parliament on Friday November 20.

We want to improve cardiac arrest survival rates across the UK. Currently just one in ten people survive however in countries like Norway, where CPR is taught in schools, survival rates are up to three times as high. We're looking forward to working with Ms Pearce on the Bill, alongside other organisations such as the Resuscitation Council (UK), St John Ambulance and British Red Cross.

Mike Hobday, BHF Director of Policy, said: “We are delighted that Teresa Pearce MP has chosen this opportunity to call for CPR and defibrillator awareness to be a compulsory part of the secondary school curriculum.

“Every year there are more than 30,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in the UK and currently, less than one in ten survive. In countries where CPR is widely taught at school, survival rates are up to three times as high.

We want to create a Nation of Lifesavers, where every person has the confidence to take action when faced with an emergency and if this Bill is successful we know that every child will leave school equipped with the skills to save a life. This would be a huge leap forward for our campaign, which could save up to 5,000 lives in the UK each year."

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CPR kits for schools