Schools: Defibrillators

Department for Education written question – answered on 2nd March 2018.

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Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in England have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in the North West have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many schools in London have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many primary schools in England have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many secondary schools in England have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many further education colleges have access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nigel Evans Nigel Evans Conservative, Ribble Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps will his Department plans to take to increase the number of schools with access to a defibrillator.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The information requested is not held centrally. The purchase of a defibrillator is a matter for individual school and college leaders.

Swift access to a defibrillator is very important in cases of cardiac arrest, and so the government is encouraging schools and other eligible settings to purchase defibrillators as part of their first-aid equipment.

To make it as easy as possible for schools and other eligible settings to do so, the department has negotiated a deal, with NHS Supply Chain, to offer defibrillators at a reduced cost. Since the scheme was launched in November 2014, 2763 defibrillators have been purchased through this route.

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