North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson has stepped into the shoes of a Hollywood hard man to show his support for a charity’s campaign to get life-saving skills taught as standard on the secondary curriculum.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) want to see Emergency Life Support (ELS) skills taught in secondary school classrooms across England. They are calling 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, the BHF and RCUK delivered a petition to Downing Street with more than 100,000 signatures of support. On 22 November MPs recognised the public call to teach children these essential skills in a debate in Parliament where Justin called for Emergency Life Saving Skills to be compulsory in schools.
Justin Tomlinson MP 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.
Former Chelsea footballer, 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.”
In the debate in the House of Commons Justin focused on how 60,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital for which disgracefully only between two and twelve per cent survive. Yet in countries like Norway where there is compulsory ELS, the survival rate is as high as 52 per cent. We need just two hours to teach basic ELS in schools and this would create a new generation of potential life savers." Listen to him speak here
For details of the campaign: bhf.org.uk/lifesaving.