Rosie Cooper MP tells Health Minister that “more can and should be done” on preventable cardiac deaths from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome during a Parliamentary Debate on Monday 25 March 2013.
MP Rosie was speaking in a Backbench Business Committee debate after 110,000 people signed an e-petition calling on the Government to introduce defibrillators to all public buildings by 2017. This campaign was championed by the Oliver King Foundation, which was set-up following the death of 12 year old Liverpool school boy Oliver King.
Following the debate, MP Rosie said:
“According to Cardiac Risk in the Young since 1995 over 10,000 young people under the age of 35 will have died suddenly from undiagnosed heart conditions. The devastatingly sad fact is that around 9,000 of those young lives could have been saved if they had been tested.
“Despite medical advancements the survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest have not improved since the 1960s. So it is clear that we must and can do more.
“Here in West Lancashire the Marshall Family and Sue Murrin-Bailey are leading the way. What they need is more help and support from the Department of Health to stop these preventable deaths.
“I called on Health Ministers to better support communities, to be better informed about the condition, better trained to respond when an incident happens and better equipped to be able to save lives.”
During the debate Rosie highlighted the work of the Marshall Family from Ormskirk who lost their son John, a promising young footballer, to a sudden cardiac arrest. For the last 18 years the family – dad John, mum Maureen and sister Hayley – have been fundraising to provide free heart screenings for young people in the region.
Earlier this month a free heart screening session was held at Edge Hill University with support from Cardiac Risk in the Young. This event coincided with the anniversary of Fabrice Muamba collapsing during an F.A. Cup tie at White Hart Lane between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers.
MP Rosie also highlighted the excellent work of Sue Murrin-Bailey, former Mayoress of West Lancashire. For the past two years she has been working with the Lancashire Defibrillator campaign and North West Ambulance Service.
Sue has £35,000 to purchase defibrillators that are located at hotspots across West Lancashire. Sue is also working with schools and community groups to raise awareness and provide chain of survival training on when a person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.