Great to see this week more support for the Oliver King Foundation’s calls for defibrillators to be made as mandatory in venues and public spaces as fire extinguishers.
Having a defibrillator on hand when someone suffers a sudden cardiac event can quite simply be the difference between life and death, giving them a far better chance at survival.
Oliver tragically suffered a sudden cardiac event after a school swimming session in 2011, but there was no defibrillator on site. Oliver’s dad Mark has delivered over 5,500 defibrillators through the foundation across the country, and there is now a defibrillator in every school across Liverpool. Most importantly the OK Foundation’s defibrillators have so far saved 56 lives.
I’ve written to Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, supporting Mark’s call for a meeting with the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary to discuss this vital campaign and the Automated External Defibrillators (Public Access) Bill, which will be put before Parliament on September 10th. It’s a bill I co-sponsor that would require a defibrillator in every public building, sporting facility and school in the country.
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