Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (Secondary Schools)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government has no plans to install automatic electronic defibrillators in secondary schools, because—rightly—that is a decision for local authorities. I am aware that North Lanarkshire Council, in partnership with NHS Lanarkshire and Amey, has recently taken the decision to install defibrillators in all 24 of its secondary schools.

The deployment of publicly accessible defibrillators needs to be achieved as part of a wider community resilience scheme. The community needs the skills, training and awareness in order to deploy such defibrillators effectively.