Polegate’s MP is to present a Bill to Parliament today (15 November).
Maria Caulfield is to put forward the 10 Minute Motion, which would ensure that defibrillators are more readily available across the UK. The machines can restart a heart in over 75% of cases when someone suffers cardiac arrest.
As a practicing nurse Maria is well aware of the positive impact that such legislation could have in terms of saving countless lives.
If successful, the Bill will go forward to its second reading in the New Year, giving MP’s from across the House the opportunity to debate the requirement for the provision of defibrillators in education establishments, as well as in leisure, sports and certain other public facilities across the UK.
Ms Caulfield said, “Every single year in the UK, 30,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrest. Sadly, just less than 1-in-10 of those people survive. Early access to a defibrillator is vital. For every minute that passes, chances of survival drop by 10%. It's shocking that in the UK every week 12 young people die from a cardiac arrest and could be saved if defibrillators were available in local areas.
“Whilst some areas are well equipped with defibrillators, others are noticeably lacking.
“This bill would look to ensure that wherever you are in the country, there will be proper provision for defibrillators that could well one day save your life, as well as the lives of countless others.”