1. Visit the WriteToThem website and enter your postcode to find your local MP.2. Click on your local Member of Parliament.3. Fill in your personal details, then paste the pre-written text (provided below) into the message box.4. Email your MP.
Re: Children, Schools and Families Bill 2009
I am writing to you regarding the Children, Schools and Families Bill as it contains a proposal to make first aid training – within PSHE – a statutory part of the national curriculum.
First aid saves lives, reduces the impact of serious injury and can play a significant role in reducing the burden on the healthcare system. It should play a central role in any preventative health education programme. This is particularly pressing as more than half of the 5.5 million attendees at accident and emergency departments could have benefited from first aid.
For example, more than 100 young people (aged under 15) attend accident and emergency departments every day in the UK with a scald or burn injury. Such injuries are quite easy to treat and benefit greatly from imediate attention, but sadly most people lack the necessary basic skills.
The importance of basic first aid training makes the inclusion of statutory first aid training in the bill a welcome step forward. I am aware that there is a small window of opportunity for this Bill to become law before an expected General Election. As such I would urge you to support the Bill in the upcoming report stage on the 23 February.
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Actually, others have also been bombarding MPs with letters asking them to spped up the passage of this bill. I just thought that readers might be amused by this and was also wondering whether a big organisation like Red Cross has been able to muster more letters in support of the thing than home educators have against!