Children will be taught First Aid in primary and secondary schools under Liberal Democrat plans.
Today party members voted to include emergency life-skills on the national curriculum through Personal, Social, Health and Economic provision.
British Red Cross research shows nearly 90 per cent of 11 to 16-year-olds have been confronted with a medical emergency.
People who suffer heart attacks away from hospital are also more likely to survive in places where first aid is taught in schools.
Lib Dem MP Sir Bob Russell and Chair of the First Aid All Party Parliamentary Group said:
“We need more young people to know the basics of First Aid - which will, no doubt, help save lives in the future.
“Research shows that most children will be confronted with a medical emergency in their early years, so it is important they have the skills to deal with these situations.
“While evidence from Norway and Seattle, where First Aid is taught in schools, shows people are more likely to survive a heart attack outside of hospital.
“By teaching these skills in schools we would have one million qualified First Aiders in a generation, which would reduce unnecessary visits to A&E and save countless lives.”
Notes to Editor
Conference calls for:
1. The Department for Education to include first aid emergency life-skills in the national curriculum in primary and secondary schools through PSHE provision.
2. The Government to support schools in selecting first aid and emergency life-saving skills training providers and teaching resources according to their own curriculum.
-The Liberal Democrat Pre Manifesto calls for the National Curriculum to be taught in all schools - it calls for an introduction of a minimum curriculum entitlement–a slimmed-down core national curriculum, which will be taught in all state-funded schools. This would include a ‘curriculum for life’ including financial literacy, citizenship and age-appropriate sex and relationship education.