Layla Moran has today written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to call on the Government to support the Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Bill, which is currently before Parliament.
The Private Members Bill, presented by Jim Shannon MP, aims to reduce the number of cardiac deaths by making it law that automated external defibrillators are available in public buildings, sporting facilities, schools, higher education, and other education and skills facilities, and facilities that provide care to vulnerable people. It also aims to ensure that people are given education and training on the devices and relevant signage.
Layla praised the work already done in her constituency to provide defibrillators and appropriate training to local communities, adding in her letter that ‘for many people, the time between suffering a cardiac arrest and getting access to an AED will be the difference between life and death’
Layla Moran MP said: “Many people across my constituency and the country saw the impact that quick access to a defibrillator can have when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during EURO 2020 this summer.
“In my constituency, residents have worked hard to install defibrillators in their local communities, and ambulance service workers have provided training on how to use them. This work should be commended, and the passing of this Bill would help to ensure that more communities are made safer by the presence of a local defibrillator, as is already the case in some places.”