St John Ambulance launches first aid manifesto
Call for political parties to include first aid in their
With the general election due on 7 May, St
John Ambulance is urging the political parties to include first aid
in their election plans.
Our prime focus is on first aid in schools
because if we can get first aid on the national curriculum then we
can create a new generation of life savers.
If you agree that every child should have the
chance to learn first aid, register your support at our special
promise portal. You can
also check which of your parliamentary candidates are also backing
But first aid in schools is just one part of
manifesto which includes a five-point plan to increase the
number of first aiders, especially young ones, and their ability to
offer first aid to people who need it – so that more people can be
Our five point plan
We’re calling on the next government, of
whatever political colour or colours, to:
- Give children the best start in life by putting first aid on
the national curriculum.
- Fix health and safety regulations for five years (unless new
evidence emerges), to help smaller organisations stay on top of
- Keep children safe by training more adults who work with
children to deliver paediatric first aid.
- Enable the voluntary sector to play its part by complementing
public services, such as by supporting the NHS.
- Encourage the public sector to assist voluntary organisations
like St John Ambulance to deliver life saving first aid to more
We think that these five steps will help us to
develop millions of new life savers with the confidence to step
forward where needed.
All of our proposals have gained the support
of individuals in each of the main parties. Now we need to make
them happen, so that St John Ambulance, like-minded individuals and
partner organisations can take our first aid work to a new
Help us bring our campaign to the doorstep by
talking to your local candidates about these issues and registering
your support on our promise portal.
Update: St John Ambulance comment on party manifestoes
We have been calling for first aid to be a
compulsory part of the national curriculum, so that every child has
the chance to learn to be a life saver. This is a policy that has
had backing from individuals in all parties, but it has yet to
We’re delighted that the Greens, Labour, the Liberal Democrats,
and UKIP have now adopted this policy and included it in their
general election manifestoes; and we are continuing to call on all
candidates from the other parties to give their individual support
at thepromise.sja.org.uk. That
will enable their voters to see where they stand on the issue. It
also means that, following the election, we can quickly build a
cross-party community of like-minded MPs so that this long-overdue
measure is introduced.
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