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22October 2015

Every child a lifesaver says MP

Teresa Pearce, MP, a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Epilepsy, has launched the 'Every Child A Lifesaver' campaign in support of her Private Member’s Bill to make emergency first aid education compulsory in all state-funded schools.

The Emergency First Aid Bill will have its second reading in parliament next month (November). Members of the public are being urged to visit the web site everychildalifesaver.org/action to call on their MP and raise awareness of the vote in support of first aid in schools.

Ms Pearce said:'What the bill aims to do is simple, straightforward and common-sense. At the moment only a quarter of secondary school teachers surveyed said their school taught CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation); 15 per cent said their school taught defibrillator awareness; and just 10 per cent both. If we want to save lives, these numbers have to be higher.

The bill doesn’t expect the impossible to suddenly become possible. Every one of us knows that not everybody can survive a serious accident or a medical emergency. But we can give people the absolute best chance of surviving by equipping people with the skills to keep them alive while the ambulance gets to them and transform the next generation into potential lifesavers.'

The bill has cross-party support and backing from a number of charities. It has its second reading in the House of Commons on 20 November 2015.

Find out more

Epilepsy Society provides resources advising on first aid  - have a look at first aid for seizures. We also produce a first aid poster with the headlines for treating someone who has a seizure (free if you’re ordering a small quantity).