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Colchester: MP's call for first aid in the classroom
COLCHESTER’S MP Sir Bob Russell has renewed his pledge to introduce first aid training into the school curriculum.
His latest calls come after health secretary Jeremy Hunt voiced concerns about increasing pressures on Accident and Emergency departments at hospitals.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Sir Bob said: “As Mr Hunt is keen on alternatives to A&E, may I urge him to work with the Secretary of State for Education and implement First Aid training as part of the school curriculum?
“Within a generation we would have one million qualified first aiders. That is one way of reducing unnecessary visits to A&E.”
Responding, Mr Hunt said: “We do need more young people to know the basics of first aid, and that can be extremely important - even life-saving. But we also need to ensure that the NHS is there when we need it, 24/7.”
Liberal Democrat Sir Bob is chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary First Aid Group.
During the time of the last Government he put forward a Bill which would have made first aid part of the school curriculum, but he was not successful.
He has repeated the request on several occasions and has pledged to continue to do so.
His action is supported by both St John Ambulance and British Red Cross.
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