YOUR LETTERS: MP can vote for First Aid

John Hayes MP
John Hayes MP
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On Friday, John Hayes will have the opportunity to vote in Parliament for all young people to be taught basic first aid skills before they leave secondary school. These are the skills needed to help save a life.

Too many of us would not know how to help someone having a cardiac arrest, choking or bleeding, or having an asthma attack or seizure. Around three quarters of people wouldn’t feel confident performing CPR on a loved one despite 80 per cent of cardiac arrests happening in the home.

The consequences of this can often be devastating - less than one in 10 people survive a cardiac arrest suffered outside a hospital. But in places where CPR is taught at school, survival rates more than double those in the UK.

That’s why I’m calling for Mr Hayes to back the Emergency First Aid Education Bill to make sure that all pupils across Lincolnshire are given the skills that could save a life.