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Rachel Maclean: Learning CPR is not about politics, it's about saving lives

Correspondent 2nd Nov, 2018

LAST week, along with the inspirational Rob and Maggie Underwood from Matchborough, we launched our petition to get first aid training, including CPR, on the school curriculum, writes Rachel Maclean MP.

For me this isn’t about politics, this is about saving lives.

Every year in the UK there are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, according to the British Heart Foundation.

The overall survival rate: just less than one in ten. These next statistics make for pretty grim reading.

Every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.

How do we double the chances of survival? By using CPR.

This simple technique can save lives, which is why it makes complete sense that our children should know how to help someone in their time of need.

I really don’t think adding first aid training to the school curriculum is too much to ask for.

For years now, Rob and Maggie Underwood have worked tirelessly to train thousands of people on how to do CPR, which is why I’ve joined them in calling for first aid and CPR training to be taught in schools.

The tragic circumstances which have led to the inspirational pair to help save countless lives is a reminder to us all that, with basic training, we can all learn how to save lives.

You can download copies of the petition by visiting where you’ll also find the link to sign the petition online. For all the latest updates on this campaign please do keep an eye out on by Facebook page:

I hope you will all join me in signing this petition and together we can push for real change.


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