Schools: Defibrillators

Department for Education written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield Conservative, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools have installed a defibrillator.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

We do not hold information on the number of schools that have installed an automated external defibrillator on schools grounds, as the purchasing of a defibrillator is a matter for individual head teachers.

We know however how important swift access to a defibrillator can be in cases of cardiac arrest, which is why the Government is encouraging schools and other eligible settings to purchase a defibrillator as part of their first-aid equipment.

To make it as easy as possible for schools to do so, the Department has negotiated a deal with NHS Supply Chain to offer defibrillators to schools at a reduced cost. Since the scheme was launched in November 2014, 1831 defibrillators have been purchased through this route.

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