Efforts to put life-saving defibrillators in every school in England by next summer could be put at risk due to shortages of the critical devices, MPs warn today.
The Government vowed to put defibrillators in all state schools by June 2023, with more than 20,000 needed to meet the target.
But global supply chain issues around replacement pads and batteries have sparked concerns about whether this crucial target will be met.
Tory former Schools Minister Jonathan Gullis urged the Government to deliver on its promise - and warned that lives could be lost if vital devices aren't available. The Department of Education says it has had reassurances supplies won't be delayed.
More than 30,000 people suffer cardiac arrests outside hospital every year in the UK - with a survival rate of just one in 10.