A HOUNSLOW MP has called for first aid to be included in the national curriculum after she used her own knowledge to help a motorcycle crash victim.
Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra this week backed the British Red Cross Society campaign for all children to be taught first aid and humanitarian education.
She emphasised the importance of as many people as possible having the ability to provide life-saving assistance in an emergency.
Ms Malhotra’s skills were put to the test when, returning from an Easter Sunday service in Hounslow, she was first on the scene after a young man came off his motorbike.
She called the emergency services and, with the help of another passerby, gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived.
Speaking at the parliamentary launch of the British Red Cross campaign last week, Ms Malhotra said: “You never know when you are going to be faced with a medical emergency and someone’s life could be dependent on you. That’s why it is vital people know what to do in any situation.”
According to the British Red Cross, 83 per cent of Britain’s teachers want first aid to be part of the curriculum yet just 18 per cent of primary schools in the UK offer pupils the chance.