MSP backs national CPR pupil campaign

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A campaign to offer CPR training to every secondary school pupil in Scotland has received backing from Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

The campaign, which is being led by the British Heart Foundation, has so far received backing from 23 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities, with Argyll and Bute Council yet to commit to it.

However, Argyll and Bute Council defended not being part of the campaign, as its secondary school pupils already receive CPR training.

The British Heart Foundation are offering every local authority run school a free CPR training kit (for those who do not already have one) in order to deliver the 30 minute sessions.

The Curriculum for Excellence states that all children and young people should know and demonstrate how to keep themselves and others safe and how to respond in a range of emergency situations from early level through to senior phase.

In Scotland as a whole, only one in 12 people who have an Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest will survive.

Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands List MSP Donald Cameron called on Argyll and Bute Council to commit to the CPR scheme.

He said: “I strongly welcome this important campaign by the British Heart Foundation to ensure more young people are aware of what to do if another pupil or member of the pupil requires urgent CPR.

“You never know when such a situation will strike, so it is important that as many people as possible are equipped with the facts and training in order to save lives.

“I have written to Argyll and Bute Council to encourage them to get behind this very worthwhile initiative.”

Responding to Mr Cameron’s comments, an Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: “All of our high schools either train pupils in CPR or are in the process of setting up CPR training.

“Rothesay Academy trains pupils using the Heartstart system, and a series of training programmes is scheduled for this school year.”