08 Oct 2014

John Mason in Holyrood debateSNP MSP John Mason has raised the lack of First Aid provision in Glasgow’s schools and nurseries with Scottish Government Ministers.

Mr Mason used a rare opportunity at Education portfolio questions to ask Scottish Ministers what provision nurseries and primary schools across Scotland make for First Aid cover. Working with a constituent, the Shettleston MSP has also been looking at the provision for First Aid cover across Scotland’s thirty-one other local authorities.

John Mason himself recently underwent a full day training course with St Andrew’s First Aid prior to this issue being raised with him.

Commenting from Parliament, Mr Mason said:

“A constituent has questioned Glasgow City Council about First Aid in schools but they seem to rely entirely on volunteers and often have none. Today in Parliament I asked if the Minister would be willing to look further at this issue and perhaps raise it with COSLA, the umbrella body for Scotland’s councils.

“Already we can see from the various responses from local authorities that some councils are providing more first aid cover than others. Whilst I accept that it is the responsibility of the councils to set their own policies on matters such as this, I wonder if the Minister could at least be asking some questions. It would be good if all councils came up with robust and sustainable policies (albeit different from each other) which would ensure basic first aid and more peace of mind for parents and families.”