Mandatory First Aid Campaign Taken to Parliament and Ambulances Required to Stock Full Paediatric Kits

Today MPs will discuss the introduction of compulsory First Aid Training for all Nursery Staff, this is as a result of a campaign by Dan and Joanne Thompson who tragically lost their nine-month-old daughter Millie when she died at a Private Nursery in Cheadle. Dan and Joanna Thompson started a petition which amassed just under 103,000 signatures and managed to persuade MPs to consider introducing legislation. Millie choked on shepherd’s pie at her nursery on October 23, 2012. An inquest heard the nursery supervisor looking after her did not have a current first aid certificate. The Thompsons say that every member of staff in nurseries should have appropriate first aid training and that by making it a compulsory qualification will “protect other children”. MP for Cheadle, Mark Hunter, will lead a debate on changing the law to ensure every nursery worker is trained in paediatric first-aid. The tragedy of Millie’s death has also resulted in the country’s Ambulances being required to carry a fully stocked life-saving paediatric kit. This new requirement has come into place following recommendations made by the coroner at the inquest of Millie Thompson. The National Ambulance Service Medical Director Group has stated that paediatric equipment on ambulances must conform to a newly-established national minimum standard list. This list ensures every ambulance across the nation must carry a fully stocked, life-saving Paediatric kit. Joanne Thompson has been quoted as saying, “We are extremely pleased that NWAS took the coroner’s recommendations seriously and that these changes have now been made. Somewhere in the work of these amazing paramedics, they will need the paediatric kit and there are ultimately children in the future who will directly benefit from the changes that have happened due to Millie’s passing.” Paediatric-First-Aid  To view our child care courses, including Paediatric First Aid, click here