Ian Paisley MP has pledged his support to the ‘Every Child A Life Saver’ campaign set up as a joint initiative by St John’s Ambulance, The British Red Cross and the British Heart Foundation to campaign for First Aid training to be made compulsory in all Secondary Schools.
The campaign has been set up in advance of the 2nd reading of the Emergency First Aid Education Bill which is due to take place on the 20th November.
Speaking at the event Mr Paisley commented ‘The November debate is realistically the best opportunity for Emergency First Aid training to be made compulsory in our schools before the next General Election.’
Research has shown that 97% of UK 11-16 year olds agree that they should be taught emergency first aid in schools and believe it should be made compulsory.
The Bill, tabled by Teresa Pearce MP, would require secondary schools to give young people the skills and confidence to deal with a range of medical emergencies including cardiac arrests, heart attacks, choking, bleeding, asthma attacks, and seizures.
Mr Paisley added ‘80% of the 30,000 people who go in to cardiac arrest each year, do so outside of a hospital and less than one in ten survive. These statistics are very concerning and I am in no doubt that they would not be anywhere close to this if our young people knew first aid as standard. I believe that this bill going through is the most effective way of ensuring our young people receive the training that they quite clearly wish to undertake.’
For more information about the Every a Child A Life Saver campaign please contact the British Red Cross on 0344 8711111