Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs life-saving defibrillators in schools

Dudley MP Ian Austin has called on the Government to put defibrillators in schools and workplaces across the country in an effort to reduce the number of deaths from cardiac arrests. 

Austin has written directly to Michael Gove and Vince Cable, the Education and Business, urging them to bring defibrillators into schools and workplaces up and down the country.

60,000 cardiac arrests take place out of hospital every year, while every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by 10 per cent. Austin is calling on MPs from all parties to back the measure.

Ian Austin said:

“I hope MPs on all sides will back this common-sense measure that will save lives in our schools, factories and offices.

“Every second counts with a cardiac arrest, and with our emergency services already under pressure, we need a way to help people without delay.

“We can all agree that some health and safety measures are a waste of time and money, but measures like this will save lives, and that’s something we should all get behind.”

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