Cheadle constituency MP, Mark Hunter, has today put the Prime Minister on the spot in Parliament by asking why changing the law to make paediatric first aid training compulsory for all relevant nursery staff is taking so long.
During the weekly Prime Minister’s Question Time session, Mark asked:
“Two years ago a toddler in my constituency, Millie Thompson, tragically died following a choking incident at a local nursery. Her parents set up Millie’s Trust to campaign for a change in the law so that all relevant nursery staff must have paediatric first aid qualifications. An e-petition of over 100,000 signatures and a backbench business debate led to the Minister, the member for East Surrey, to promise a review which is currently being undertaken. Does the Prime Minister support this campaign and, if so, will he respectfully ask the Minister to get a move on?”
In response the Prime Minister said:
“I will certainly talk to my Right Honourable Friend the Minister about this review, obviously it makes sense for as many people to have that sort of training as possible because where you can prevent needless loss of life and prevent accidents from happening, of course you should, so let me talk to the member for East Surrey and get back to my honourable friend.”
Commenting afterwards, Mark said:
“The Thompsons, their supporters all around the country and I are pleased that the Minister for Childcare is looking into the paediatric first aid training requirements for pre-school and nursery staff. What we do not understand is why it is taking so long, and so I am delighted that the Prime Minister has today promised to look into the issue and update me.
“I think that the argument for universal paediatric first aid training for those who we trust with our youngest and most vulnerable has been won, what I am now eager to see is action taken as soon as possible.”