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Lib Dems back defibrillator campaign

March 30, 2014 1:06 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats have backed an MSP's campaign to address Jim HumeJim Humethe shortage of life-saving defibrillators in communities across Scotland.

The key health motion adopted by the Scottish Liberal Democrats this afternoon, First Aid and Defibrillators, highlighted figures which show 60 per cent of adults do not feel confident enough to try to save a life.

With out-of-hospital cardiac arrest being the most common life threatening emergency in Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume has called for more defibrillators and first aid training.

Key proposals include:
- Plans for every school in Scotland to teach first aid as a compulsory element
- Calls for defibrillators to be installed in public places where routine exercise is expected to take place and that staff are trained in defibrillation

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:
"I'm delighted that the Scottish Liberal Democrat conference has backed my campaign to address the shortage of life-saving defibrillators. Earlier this year the Scottish government announced plans to enable the Scottish Ambulance Service to purchase and deploy defibrillators across the country as part of a £100,000 scheme, but we can and must do more.

"I want the Scottish government to go one step further and make it a requirement for all schools and leisure centres to have access to a defibrillator.

"With figures showing 60 per cent of adults do not feel confident enough to try to save a life, Scottish Liberal Democrats plan to teach first aid in every school could help to save lives. This is something we will look into further. "