Life-saving heart machines given a boost by Lib Dem motion

At last night’s meeting of Stockport Council the Liberal Democrats received unanimous support for their motion calling on the Cabinet to improve the information available to residents about where there are life-saving Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), to review their deployment across the borough to ensure there is good coverage in all areas where they would be beneficial, to make training available to local sports clubs and teams, and to implement a streamlined process for community groups to install new AEDs on council property.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Will Dawson, mover of the motion and Lib Dem councillor in Offerton, said: “I was delighted to be able to bring forward this crucial motion to make sure that we have more life-saving machines in the right places all across Stockport and that people know where to find them. In an emergency the first step should always be to phone 999, but raising awareness among the public of where our AEDs are will help them find them in that crisis moment when seconds may count and help them identify any gaps in the council’s provision.”

Cllr Malcolm Allan, seconder of the motion and Lib Dem councillor in Marple North, added: “Having been involved with several community-funded AEDs I know that the council’s current process is complicated and legalistic. That will be improved immensely now that the council has agreed to implement the Community Heartbeat Trust system, which makes issues such as public liability and installation easy and without risk to the council. I look forward to the promised report on progress due in January next year.”

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