Time for defibrillators on trains
A friend of mine was recently on a train when an elderly woman had a heart attack. Trained in first aid, he and another passenger gave CPR for half an hour until the emergency services arrived.
Sadly, the lady died, but my pal has made a good point. He tried to get a defibrillator, but there was none on the train.
This is something that could save lives. They cost around £500 each, which is not a vast expense even if just half a dozen people were saved each year.
Of course, there are issues about where it would be kept and who would have access, but these are not insuperable. Indeed, on long-distance trains, which always have a train manager on duty, there seems no barrier to installing them straightaway. There is an online petition ( https://petition.
parliament.uk/petitions/177347) which can be signed to put pressure on the Government, but perhaps this is something the Rail Delivery Group or train operators could pick up.