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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-04665

First Aid Regulation

Submitted by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Thursday, June 9, 2022

Supported by: Foysol Choudhury, Paul O'Kane, Paul Sweeney, Mercedes Villalba
Current status: Has not yet achieved cross-party support

That the Parliament notes with concern the reported lack of regulation of private first aid companies; understands that private first aid companies are regularly employed to provide medical cover at events across Scotland, including sporting events, live music events and nightclubs; further understands that these companies can be accredited as providers by the Scottish Qualifications Authority but that there is no official body tasked with carrying out regular audits and inspections; believes that unlicensed first aiders providing controlled drugs or treatment to members of the public is dangerous, unacceptable and to the detriment of public health; understands that private medical and first aid companies are governed by the Care Quality Commission in England and Wales, which carries out regular inspections and requires companies to provide evidence of training, equipment, vehicles, processes and policies, and notes the view that the Scottish Government should seek to review existing structures with a view to developing equivalent processes that ensure there is sufficient oversight of all first aid providers in Scotland, including in the West Scotland region.