Defibrillator Partnership between Asda and the British Heart Foundation

 Motion S4M-09242: Richard Simpson, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/03/2014
Defibrillator Partnership between Asda and the British Heart Foundation

That the Parliament welcomes the new defibrillator partnership between Asda and the British Heart Foundation; understands that Asda is the UK’s first large retailer to commit to having CPR trained staff and public access defibrillators in all of their stores; recognises that, by the end of 2014, the £500,000 investment will ensure that every one of its 579 stores, 34 depots and three head offices across the country is scheduled to be fitted with a defibrillator, which any member of the public will be able to use to deliver an electric shock to the heart when somebody is experiencing a cardiac arrest; further welcomes the efforts of Asda, working in partnership with the British Heart Foundation and local ambulance trusts, to run familiarisation training for 12,000 Asda staff; understands that more than 60,000 people experience a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year in the UK, but only one in 10 people survive and that early CPR and defibrillation, with proper post-resuscitation care, can increase the survival rates; wishes success to the launch of this partnership and the scheme in the future, and hopes that others will follow Asda’s lead.