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First Aid belongs on the School Curriculum

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Last weekend my 11 year old granddaughter called 999 and was talked through performing CPR on her mother whilst waiting for paramedics to arrive.  I am campaigning for schools to be required to teach all pupils First Aid including how to provide CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.

Currently, British schools have no obligation to teach students about first aid, despite the obvious benefits such education would bring.

The British Red Cross has been campaigning for years to get first aid on to the curriculum. In January 2015 the the Labour Party announced its intention to teach all school pupils how to provide CPR.  Liberal Democrats have also been campaigning for this move for some time.

It is worth noting that each year, 150,000 people die when their life could have been saved with basic First Aid. This is the same number of people that die from cancer each year. This doesn't need to happen.

I am asking Robert Goodwill MP Minister of State for Children and Families to look at the possibility of making this compulsory.  This is something I care passionately about.  Please help by signing my petition.

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