First Aid Week and the Scottish Parliament

St Andrew’s First Aid is pleased to announce that we’ve secured a parliamentary motion with the Scottish Parliament. The motion asks the parliament to acknowledge the importance of Scottish First Aid Week, which runs from 24-30 November 2014 and the important role that over 2,000 St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers have in advancing and delivering First Aid for the nation.

The motion has been sent to MSPs for support and we hope to secure a debate on the motion during Scottish First Aid week. St Andrew’s First Aid would like to thank Clare Adamson (MSP) for lodging this motion and for her continuing support of the organisation.

The full motion reads as follows:

“That the Parliament continues to acknowledge the importance of Scottish First Aid Week, which runs from 24 to 30 November 2014, and the important role that over 2,000 St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers have in advancing and delivering first aid for the nation; understands that these volunteers provide first aid support at public events and ensure access to first aid training; further notes the work being done to improve outcomes of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which it believes accounts for almost 3,000 deaths in Scotland and is the most common life-threatening emergency arising each year; understands that, during Scottish First Aid Week, every school child will have access to basic first aid training through the Glow network and that over 5,000 people will receive basic first aid training in how to recognise cardiac arrest and perform CPR; considers that this is a first important step in the chain of survival, as early CPR can improve chances of survival by as much as 300%; understands that St Andrew’s First Aid aims to train 30,000 individuals in the next year in CPR, and acknowledges the role of Scottish businesses in providing first aid training to employees and ensuring adequate first aid provision in the workplace.”

The motion is currently supported by the following MSPs:

Hanzala Malik, Kenneth Gibson, Joan McAlpine, George Adam, Bill Kidd, Roderick Campbell, Stuart McMillan, Annabelle Ewing, Christina McKelvie, Fiona McLeod, Kevin Stewart, Mike MacKenzie, John Mason, Dennis Robertson, Angus MacDonald, Maureen Watt, Elaine Murray, Nigel Don, Jackie Baillie, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, John Scott, David Torrance, Nanette Milne, Richard Lyle, Jim Hume and Liam McArthur.

Scottish First Aid Week is about encouraging people throughout Scotland to learn First Aid skills which could help in an emergency and even save a life. In a crisis it is vital that First Aid is delivered with confidence. St Andrew’s First Aid gives people the confidence to step up when someone needs their help.

If you think First Aid is important too and would like to support our parliamentary motion then please email your MSPs. It only takes 5 minutes and couldn’t be easier. Just follow this link www.writetothem.com and ask your MSPs to support Motion 10933: Scottish First Aid Week 2014 because together we can save lives.

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