Defibrillators: Public Places

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

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Photo of Emma Hardy Emma Hardy Labour, Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of making it mandatory to have defibrillators in public places.

Photo of Jo Churchill Jo Churchill The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

With growing public awareness and acceptance, many community defibrillators have already been provided in public locations. Since May 2020, the Government has required all contractors refurbishing or building new schools through centrally delivered programmes, to provide at least one defibrillator.

The Government recognises that better provision of defibrillators and increasing the number of people trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation could help save more lives of those who have a cardiac arrest outside a hospital setting. We therefore encourage organisations to consider purchasing a defibrillator as part of their first-aid equipment, particularly for places where there are high concentrations of people.

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