MP backs CPR training initiative

Pictured is Mike Weir at the BHF event

Pictured is Mike Weir at the BHF event

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Angus MP Mike Weir is encouraging people to get trained in CPR and support the Nation of Lifesavers campaign.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland, which is behind the Nation of Lifesavers initiative, say it could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK.

More than 30,000 people suffer an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year, but fewer than one in 10 people survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

BHF Scotland is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught in all local secondary schools.

Since the launch of the campaign on October 16, more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition to make these skills part of the curriculum.

Mr Weir has pledged support for the campaign and called on secondary schools and community groups in Angus to order their free Call Push Rescue Training Kit.

He was shown the kit that was available and given the opportunity to try out the kit.

Commenting on the campaign, Mr Weir said: “Cardiac arrest survival rates in Scotland fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum.

“By joining the Nation of Lifesavers I want to see every child in Scotland finish school equipped with the necessary skills to respond in a medical emergency.

“CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.”

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, added: “Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

“We’re determined to radically improve the country’s shocking survival rates and mandatory training in secondary schools will go a long way towards that.

“We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make Scotland a safer place to live.”

To help British Heart Foundation Scotland create a Nation of Lifesavers visit bhf.org.uk/lifesavers and sign the petition at bhf.org.uk/cprpetition.