Friday, 23 November 2012

Cambridge MP Huppert Secures Debate Calling For Life-Saving Skills To Be Taught In Schools


MP Julian Huppert helped to secure a debate calling for every child to leave school knowing how to save a life.

Julian has been working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) on their campaign to see Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills taught in secondary school classrooms across the country.

The campaign has been promoted through a television advert with former Chelsea footballer turned hardman actor, Vinnie Jones who demonstrates hands-only CPR to the Bee Gees tune “Staying Alive”.

Yesterday (Thursday, November 22) a House of Commons debate took the campaign a step forward as Education Minister, Elizabeth Truss agreed that “the ability to save a life is one of the most important skills a young person can learn”.

The campaign calls on the government to include life-saving skills as a mandatory part of the school curriculum to ensure all students are taught the skills which would help save a life.

In September, Julian delivered a petition with the BHF and RCUK to Downing Street with more than 100,000 signatures of support. Now fellow MPs have recognised the public call to teach children these essential skills and have debated the issue in Parliament.

Julian said: “In a week when Vinnie Jones is back on our screens teaching people what to do in an emergency, it’s only fitting that we turn our attention to England’s schoolchildren.

“Stepping in and helping to save someone’s life in an emergency shouldn't just be left to the hard men. By teaching life-saving skills in schools, we could put hundreds of thousands of new life-savers on the streets each year.

“Every second counts in an emergency, so I’m supporting the campaign to make life-saving skills part of our children’s education - it could be the difference between life and death.”

Vinnie Jones, said: “I didn’t learn CPR until I filmed the advert for the British Heart Foundation last year. CPR should be taught in schools as part of the curriculum.”

People can find more information about the campaign at bhf.org.uk/lifesaving.