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Poll: Would you assist in an emergency situation?

Study from NUI Maynooth says 95 per cent of people they surveyed wouldn’t assist in an emergency, mainly out of fear of being sued or lack of practice in first-aid. Would you help out?

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AN ALARMING STATISTIC is being reported in the Irish Examiner this morning. It cites a study from NUI Maynooth for the Irish Red Cross which says that 95 per cent of those surveyed would not respond to an emergency situation.

A key factor to this reluctance to help, the study says, is that people are afraid of being sued or because they fear they might be out of practice with their first-aid skills, even if they have had training.

Is this how you feel? Would you automatically help out in an emergency, such as a road accident, or if a person suddenly collapsed? You can explain your reasons in the comments section below.

Poll Results:

B - I would be reluctant but if no-one else was around, I would (2096)
A - Yes, I would always see if there was anything I could do (1541)
C - I wouldn't like to assist (714)

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