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Celebrating St Andrew's first aid week

SNP MSP James Dornan led a member's debate celebrating St Andrew's first aid week on 27 November 2012.

Mr Dornan highlighted the good work St Andrew's volunteers did at providing first aid at events as varied as T in the Park, the Royal Highland Show and SPL, SFL and international matches at Hampden, adding the importance of their work could not be overstated.

He called on the Scottish government to endorse first aid week and standards in the future with the Scottish government logo.

The SNP MSP concluded by saying the St Andrew's first aid volunteers "deserve our thanks and gratitude".

The St Andrew's Scottish First Aid Week runs from 24 to 30 November 2012.

It aims to raise public awareness of the importance of first aid and promote the message that people working together can save lives.

In Mr Dornan's motion he says some 20,000 people a year take part in first aid courses in Scotland but there is still more to be done.

The Glasgow Cathcart MSP is concerned 77% of people feel that they lack the knowledge and confidence to administer basic first aid at the point of need and that this plays a part in the 34,000 cases of common household accidents such as falls, choking and burns that attend hospital rather than being dealt with by a first aider.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson responded in the debate by agreeing first aid training was hugely important in communities.

Mr Matheson said he would be more than happy to consider Scottish government endorsing St Andrew's First Aid Week and its standards.

He concluded by commending the dedication and effort of St Andrew's first aid volunteers and added his congratulations to all of those who will be recognised at the Scottish First Aid Awards.

The minister commended St Andrew's first aiders for their "invaluable service" and said he looked forward to supporting them in any way the government could.

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