An additional 1,000 defibrillators to be installed across England to save more lives

The Department of Health said the funding will go to communities across England in need of lifesaving devices that provide vital protection against heart attacks.

Health Minister Steve Barclay said: “I have heard extraordinary stories of ordinary people surviving through the rapid use of a defibrillator on the football field, in the gym or in the local community.

“We need to make these life-saving devices more accessible.”

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Executive Director of the British Heart Foundation, noted the news, stating: “Every minute without CPR or defibrillation reduces the chances of survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by 10 percent. We applaud this move to improve access to defibrillators in communities across England.”

Applicants will have to match all or part of the funding received, which the government says will “potentially double” the number of new defibrillators installed.

The fund will only cover the purchase of defibrillators, not their maintenance. An independent partner, yet to be selected, will manage the grant process.

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