Budget boost for life-saving defibrillators

18 March 2015        

The two types of defibrillator The Government has announced £1m worth of additional funding to provide defibrillators in public places. 

The extra money will be available for the Department of Health to incentivise the purchase of defibrillators for use in public places and provide training for their use. 

In the UK there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of hospital – in homes and communities - every year, but less than 1 in 10 survive. 

Bystander action – calling 999, performing CPR, and using a public access defibrillator, if one is available, will give someone suffering a cardiac arrest the best possible chance of surviving.  

Our Chief Executive Simon Gillespie said: “This welcome investment will help make more defibrillators available in public places. 

“But if we’re to transform the UK’s poor cardiac arrest survival rates, we need more people to be trained in CPR. That’s why we are calling for CPR to be a mandatory part of the secondary school curriculum.

“In parts of the world where CPR is taught in schools survival rates are double those in the UK.”