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Scottish Liberal Democrats back CSP call for more defibrillators

31 March 2014 - 10:01am

Scottish Liberal Democrats pass motion calling for more investment to provide defibrillators in public places across Scotland.

[Picture:Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson on health and wellbeing, Jim Hume MSP with CSP policy officer for Scotland, Kenryck Lloyd-Jones at the conference.]   

At their annual conference in Aberdeen this weekend (28-30 March 2014) the Scottish Liberal Democrats backed calls for better access and more investment to provide automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places across Scotland.

The Scottish Liberal Democrat motion calls on the Scottish government to mandate the installation of AEDs in all public buildings where exercise takes place. Progress on the issue follows on from CSP Scotland's motion to the Scottish trades union congress (STUC) last year, that resolved to call for government action to increase access in public venues and remote and rural areas.

Speaking at the conference, CSP policy officer for Scotland Kenryck Lloyd-Jones said, "We are delighted to see the campaign which the CSP led at last year's STUC gaining momentum. It is increasingly clear that defibrillators save lives. Better access to automated defibrillators is particularly important for remote and rural communities as well as in large public venues."

Jim Hume Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson for health and wellbeing said, "I welcome the stance that the CSP has taken on this issue. With the use of a defibrillator, survival rates can be as high as seventy-five precent following a cardiac arrest. That has to be worth investing in at public venues in Scotland."

The conference motion on Sunday also called for the provision of first aid training in secondary schools in Scotland.

In a further development the same day, the Scottish government announced that defibrillators are to be installed at all NHS dental practices. Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: "There are almost 1,000 NHS dental practices in the centre of Scottish communities. By giving them this equipment we are providing 1,000 more chances to save a life.”

The £1million scheme is expected to see the machines in place by the end of August.


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