Palace Doctor Zaf Iqbal backs Premier League’s Defibrillator Fund

August 5, 2021 Off By Oha

DefibPremier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We are committed to a quick rollout of the defibrillators we have funded and it was great to see the first one installed this week.

“Supporting the welfare of participants at grassroots facilities is a priority, so having these devices at sites up and down the country, and providing training opportunities for using them, could make the difference in saving somebody’s life.”

At an event to mark the installation, Iqbal, who is also Chair of the Premier League Doctors Group, spoke of the importance of AEDs. He was joined by members of the Football Association’s medical team and Labour MP for Putney, Fleur Anderson.

At least 12 young people between the ages of 12-35 die of undiagnosed cardiac conditions in the UK every week. Over 30,000 people of all ages suffer a cardiac arrest outside of hospital every year and less than one in 10 survive.

The next phase of applications for the Premier League Defibrillator Fund will open in early August, when grassroots clubs that own their facilities will be able to apply for an AED.