Campaign win hailed
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.