OPINION
Name... and shame

THE Rosh Hashana resolution for those Jewish organisations which do not have defibrillators on their premises must surely be to waste no time in acquiring one. Our survey, published on Page One, revealed, astonishingly, that half of those organisations we contacted, do not have this vital piece of life-saving equipment on site.

While there is no legal obligation for there to be defibrillators in any building, there is surely a moral duty. Is it not incumbent on religious organisations, particularly, which should place the sanctity of life above all else, to take any necessary steps to ensure that precious lives are preserved?

We are talking of a mere 650 for a defibrillator which can increase the chance of survival following a cardiac incident from six per cent to 90 per cent if action is taken within two minutes. The British Heart Foundation says that a defibrillator could save 12 people under the age of 35 who die every week due to cardiac arrest. In modern parlance, it is surely a no-brainer.

It is surely high time that there was legislation to make it compulsory for all buildings to have an accessible defibrillator, with personnel trained to operate it.

We will be revisiting the issue in three months time, contacting those organisations which this week confirmed that they had no defibrillator. In November, we will name those which have remedied the situation and more importantly, those which have not.

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