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Proposal For First Aid Training To Be Made Compulsory In UK Schools

Government proposals have been released that state first aid is to be included in the national school curriculum as part of compulsory health education in all schools in England from 2020. 

The British Heart Foundation (BHF), St Johns Ambulance and the British Red Cross have been heavily involved in the campaigning for CPR to be taught in schools, to equip young people which is thought could save hundreds of lives. 

The Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation has been quoted saying "Adding CPR to the curriculum in England will mark a defining moment in improving the UK's shockingly low survival rates from cardiac arrests. Less than one in 10 people survive an out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK, but evidence suggests nearly one in four could survive if all young people are trained with lifesaving CPR skills. The government's announcement is the result of years of tireless campaigning, and sends a clear message that they are committed to empowering young people with lifesaving skills they will take in adulthood. This historic move will transform cardiac arrest survival rates in the years to come". 

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Aug 09, 2018 11:47 AM
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