Everyday heroes to be protected from legal action
The Queen announced a new Good Samaritan Bill
that will protect people who give first aid from legal action as of
today. The hope is that the new law will prevent those people who
were too afraid in the past of making a mistake when helping a
stranger in need of first aid.
Whilst the bill is a great way of ensuring that those who do
good are legally protected, by ensuring every child has the
opportunity to learn first aid at school, we can
build a nation of individuals who have the skills as well as
confidence to save a life.
Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance, said: 'We're
pleased the Government is taking steps to ensure everyday
heroes are protected. First aid saves lives, yet our
research has shown that people can be afraid of using first aid in
an emergency for fear of being sued.
'A Good Samaritan's Act, however, is only the start. If the
Government wants to encourage everyday people to be life-savers,
they must ensure more people are learning this vital skill. We're
calling on the Government to ensure every child learns first aid at
school, in order to create the next generation of life-savers.'
Fittingly, one of the Queen’s pageboys collapsed just as the
Queen was about to announce the bill encouraging people to be an
This is just one example of how emergencies can happen at
any time. Luckily for the boy there were a number of
trained first aiders nearby, but not everyone is as lucky, which is
why we’re calling on the government to ensure all children are
taught first aid in schools.