Community First Responders

Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 pm on 19th June 2018.

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Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire 12:00 pm, 19th June 2018

What steps he is taking to support community first responder units.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Community first responders play a valuable role in helping ambulance services. Support includes ongoing training, necessary medical equipment and occupational health support.

Photo of Paul Masterton Paul Masterton Conservative, East Renfrewshire

In just five years, the Neilston and Uplawmoor first responders have responded to over 1,300 calls, saving many lives, and earlier this month they received the Queen’s award for voluntary service. Will the Minister join me in congratulating all the volunteers and paying tribute to community first responder units right across the United Kingdom?

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

I am very happy to join my hon. Friend in congratulating Stuart McLellan, Ross Nelson and the volunteers that play such a key role. I know that my hon. Friend Andrew Percy also performs this service in his constituency. I have spoken to him about it and I know that it plays a very valuable role.