MP sponsors defibrillator bill

Chris Green MP has sponsored a bill that will ensure that defibrillators are in every school and sports centre – which has now passed its first stage.

The Ten Minute Rule Bill, introduced by Conservative MP Maria Caulfield, calls for the government to mandate the installation of defibrillators in all schools and sports centres and to also fund training so that people know what to do in the event of a cardiac arrest.

The bill also calls for the creation of a defibrillator register, to ensure that more people can find out where their nearest defibrillator is. 

The Bolton West and Atherton MP Chris Green is one of the eight MPs that have sponsored the Bill which has been granted a second reading.

Mr Green said: “Twelve young people die a week from sudden cardiac arrest, yet with quick access to a defibrillator, 80 per cent of them could survive.

“This is why it is so important that we ensure that people have life-saving access to defibrillators across the country and that more people understand the simplicity of how to use them.

“The defibrillator register proposed in my colleague’s bill will ensure that many more people are within close proximity of this life-saving equipment, so that the likelihood of their survival through a cardiac arrest is no longer down to a post-code lottery.

The second reading of the Ten Minute Rule Bill, presented by Maria Caulfield MP, will take place on Friday 25th January 2019.