South Scotland MSP, Jim Hume, has praised the Scottish Government for taking a positive step forward to address the shortage of life-saving defibrillators across Scotland. This comes after the health secretary announced he will enable the Scottish Ambulance Service to purchase and deploy defibrillators across the country as part of a £100,000 scheme.
Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP highlighted the shortage of the life-saving equipment last year, published figures obtained through freedom of information laws which showed that only one fifth of leisure centres and school with community facilities across Scotland had defibrillators on site.
Mr Hume said: “This is a positive step forward in addressing the shortage of life-saving defibrillators across Scotland. Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is the most common life-threatening emergency in Scotland. I was shocked to learn that only one-fifth of leisure centres and secondary schools with facilities used by the local community have this equipment.
“So I am delighted that the Scottish Government has recognised the scale of the challenge ahead. But much more needs to be done if we are to support local leisure centres and schools with facilities shared by the community.
“Improving response times for our ambulance is an imperative but it also clear that communities have a significant role to play in these time-critical emergencies. I want the Scottish Government to go one step further and make it a requirement for all schools and leisure centres to have access to a defibrillator.”