Cam­paign win hailed

Evening Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY CAROLINE WIL­SON

FIRST Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon has praised the city’s move to en­sure all school pupils will be taught CPR.

The de­ci­sion came after a pres­sure cam­paign by the Evening Times.

NI­COLA STUR­GEON has wel­comed a coun­cil de­ci­sion that will en­sure ev­ery Glas­gow pupil learns life­sav­ing CPR, de­scrib­ing the move as, “fan­tas­tic.”

Glas­gow is to be­come the first UK city to in­tro­duce com­pul­sory lessons for sec­ondary pupils fol­low­ing a pres­sure cam­paign by the Evening Times.

The SNP-led coun­cil is to work with Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion Scot­land, ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers and sec­ondary teach­ers to put a plan in place that will place Glas­gow among the ranks of world lead­ers in car­diac ar­rest strat­egy in­clud­ing Norway, Den­mark and Seat­tle.

Glas­gow has the high­est rate of car­diac ar­rests in Scot­land be­cause of the health and depri­va­tion link but re­search shows peo­ple from de­prived ar­eas are less likely to know CPR.

The coun­cil plan fits in with a govern­ment tar­get to in­crease the num­ber of peo­ple with CPR skills by 500,000 by 2020.

Ni­cola Stur­geon said its im­por­tant chil­dren learn life-sav­ing skills

The First Min­is­ter said: “Glas­gow be­com­ing the first lo­cal author­ity in the UK to make CPR train­ing i n its schools com­pul­sory is fan­tas­tic news. “CPR saves lives and this move will lead to more young peo­ple learn­ing th­ese vi­tal skills. “It is im­por­tant chil­dren also have the op­por­tu­nity to learn th­ese life-sav­ing skills.

“To date, around 250,000 peo­ple across the coun­try have learned CPR since 2015, this be­ing tes­ta­ment to the work done by Save a Life Scot­land part­ners who have brought th­ese life­sav­ing skills to peo­ple across the coun­try.

“I now look for­ward to more chil­dren and young peo­ple at school in Glas­gow get­ting the skills and con­fi­dence they need to help save more lives.”

A poll by the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion sug­gests the ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic would be in favour of a na­tional pol­icy for manda­tory lessons.

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