Sir Bob Russell: Children should be taught First Aid in schools

Children will be taught First Aid in primary and secondary schools under Liberal Democrat plans.  Today party members voted to include emergency life-skills on the national curriculum through Personal, Social, Health and Economic provision.

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell and Chair of the First Aid All Party Parliamentary Group said "We need more young people to know the basics of First Aid - which will, no doubt, help save lives in the future."

Sir Bob Russell with paramedics

"Research shows that most children will be confronted with a medical emergency in their early years, so it is important they have the skills to deal with these situations.

"While evidence from Norway and Seattle, where First Aid is taught in schools, shows people are more likely to survive a heart attack outside of hospital.

"By teaching these skills in schools we would have one million qualified First Aiders in a generation, which would reduce unnecessary visits to A&E and save countless lives."

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