MP backs campaign for more lifesavers

MP Mike Weir at launch.
MP Mike Weir at launch.

Angus MP Mike Weir is urging people to join the campaign to increase the number of local people trained in life-saving CPR and help create a Nation of Lifesavers.

More than 30,000 people suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the UK every year – 80 per cent of which occur in the home, often in front of family members and loved ones.

But fewer than one in 10 people survive, partly because not enough people have the skills and confidence to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

British Heart Foundation (BHF) Scotland says that the Nation of Lifesavers initiative could save around 5,000 additional lives a year in the UK, based on survival rates in countries like Norway (25 per cent) where CPR training is mandatory in schools.

BHF Scotland is calling for CPR and public access defibrillator (PAD) awareness to be taught in all local secondary schools and a recent survey showed 82 per cent of people in the UK would be behind this move.

Since the launch of the campaign more than 5,000 people have already signed the petition to make these skills part of the curriculum.

The SNP’s Mr Weir has pledged his support for the Nation of Lifesavers campaign and called on secondary schools and community groups in Angus to order their free Call Push Rescue Training Kit. He said: “Cardiac arrest survival rates in Scotland fall way behind survival rates in other countries where CPR training is part of the curriculum.

“By joining the Nation of Lifesavers I want to see every child in Scotland finish school equipped with the necessary skills to respond in a medical emergency.

“CPR is an important skill and just 30 minutes of training could save someone’s life.”

Simon Gillespie, BHF Chief Executive, said: “Too many lives are lost needlessly because people don’t have the basic CPR skills to act in life-threatening situations.

“We need every school, workplace, community group and individual to join the Nation of Lifesavers and help make Scotland a safer place to live.”

To help BHF Scotland create a Nation of Lifesavers visit and sign our petition at