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Mandatory CPR teaching in Welsh schools: missed opportunity?
  1. Elliot J Phillips,
  2. Catherine G Chapman
  1. School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Elliot J Phillips, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff CF144YU, UK; elljp33{at}gmail.com

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To the Editor

We were delighted to read Oliver’s recent commentary on the democratisation of first aid in England,1 but it is interesting to note that, within the UK, such opportunities are discordant even between the four UK nations. Decisions about health and education in Wales are devolved to the Welsh government. With England making cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) a compulsory part of the curriculum and Scotland’s 32 local authorities pledging to teach CPR to every schoolchild, Wales is at risk of being left behind the rest of the UK.

A new curriculum, due to be introduced in Wales in 2022, includes a health and …

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  • Handling editor Ellen Weber

  • Contributors Both authors conceived the idea, wrote the letter together and revised it. EJP liaised with the Minister for Education to seek official governmental position on cardiopulmonary resuscitation teaching in schools.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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