1. ITV Report

Liverpool defibrillator campaigners head to Westminster

Oliver King Photo: ITV Granada

Campaigners from Liverpool are heading to Westminster to push for mandatory defibrillators in all public buildings, after the Government ruled taking further action.

The father of 12-year-old Oliver King, Mark, & Patron Cllr Jake Morrison will go to Westminster today to have talks with Members of Parliament & Peers.

Oliver, was a pupil at King David High School in Childwall. He died during a swimming lesson from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), which kills 12 young people across the country every week.

Oliver's family believe he would've survived if a defibrillator was available to him.

Since then his family has set up a campaign to get more of the potentially life-saving machines in public buildings. As a result 122 defibrillators are to be installed in Liverpool's schools.

Every primary school in the city is getting one but unfortunately the scheme won't be extended.

The Government previously ruled out taking further action to put potentially life saving defibrillators into all public buildings. Calls to screen young people have also been rejected.

The Government has made the statement after an e-petition got more than 22,000 signatures.

Mark King & Cllr Jake Morrison will be taking advice from a number of MPs & Peers, they will also be asking the parliamentarians to raise the campaign in the House of Commons & the House of Lords.