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Plea for first aid training in schools

A Labour MP has called for emergency life support skills to be taught in schools as a compulsory part of the National Curriculum.

Julie Hilling told MPs that 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have made a difference.

Emergency life support skills include aiding people who are having a heart attack, have serious bleeding, choking, are unconscious or in cardiac arrest, and knowing what to do to help keep them alive until professional help arrives.

Introducing her National Curriculum (Emergency Life Support Skills) Bill in the Commons on 26 October 2011, Ms Hilling told MPs: "By teaching these crucial life saving skills to every school pupil a tangible difference will be made to civil life in this country."

The skills should be taught from year 7 and refreshed each year until the pupil leaves school, she added.

Her bill received an unopposed first reading but is unlikely to become law without government support.

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