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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Skills

– in the Scottish Parliament on 12th December 2018.

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Photo of Bill Bowman Bill Bowman Conservative

15. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with its plan to equip an additional 500,000 people cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills by 2020. (S5O-02683)

Photo of Bill Bowman Bill Bowman Conservative

The British Heart Foundation Scotland is offering to equip every local authority school with a free CPR training kit, and training takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The Scottish Government has made lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex education compulsory on the curriculum; will it do the same for life-saving CPR, given that there is international evidence that such an approach has the potential to triple survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?

Photo of Joe FitzPatrick Joe FitzPatrick Scottish National Party

What the British Heart Foundation is doing is fantastic, and the work that schools up and down the country are doing is great, but, ultimately, it is for schools to decide when it is appropriate for them to provide that support.