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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02570: Rachael Hamilton (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how it will encourage more people to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Answered by: Shona Robison 23 September 2016

We are committed to improving survival rates from Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA) and are working in partnership with a range of public and voluntary organisations to deliver the aims in Scotland's strategy for OHCA published in March 2015.

The Strategy aims is to have 500,000 people in Scotland trained in the use of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and increase survival rates by 10% across the country by 2020. Learning cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is important in increasing bystander CPR, which in turn is essential to improving survival rates.

The public-facing campaign to increase CPR ‘Save a Life for Scotland’ was launched on 16 October 2015. Save a Life for Scotland (SALFS) is the partnership of public and voluntary organisations leading on the delivery of the OHCA Strategy aim to increase the number of people who are CPR trained.

Work is now underway to plan and deliver CPR training to the Scottish public over the duration of the next five years.