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MP Wants Defibrillators In Public Places

Friday April 19 2013

Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher MP

A BARNSLEY MP has called for defibrillators to be installed in schools and public buildings across the area.

"Too many lives are being lost that could be saved if only communities were better equipped to provide an emergency response," the Barnsley East MP said.

"Just as we require fire extinguishers, it's time for Parliament to act and set a minimum requirement on the location of defibrillators."

Mr Dugher's campaigning to make it a compulsory measure to have them in places such as train stations, shopping centres and schools. 

"The campaign's growing and the petition by the Oliver King Foundation has attracted more than 100,000 signatures," he added.

Twelve-year-old Oliver died two years ago after suffering a cardiac arrest during a school swimming lesson.

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Reply Posted by Margaret Sheard on Saturday April 20 2013 at 20:54
I think it is a great idea this could save a life

Reply Posted by les on Sunday April 21 2013 at 09:44
Theyve been installed in sheffield railway station for a few years.
The only downside is. if you have lifebelts at waters edge ponds etc they always end up getting vandalised......they are also there to save lives......if there in view they get vandalised. one of the best ways is to have classes where every child has continuous first aid in situations ....the best tv advert is the bee gees stayin alive
drill this in and everyone would give somebody else a 50% better survival rate till paramedics get there

Reply Posted by Jen on Sunday April 21 2013 at 18:24
I think it is a good idea to have them in public places, on Boxing day 2011 my uncle had a cardiac arrest in the French ski resort of Les Arcs, there was a defibrillator at the lift station, which was used to re started his heart. He was air lifted to Grenoble Hospital, had his body frozen in an induced coma, then a triple heart by pass. He has fully recovered and is back in full time work. This , and the passing witnesses saved his life,
Note to everyone travelling abroad, get good insurance, his repatriation back to uk and medical bills exceeded £50,000!!! Thanks SAGA insurance

Reply Posted by Jane on Tuesday April 23 2013 at 08:39
It's all very well but who will pay for them and pay for staff trained to use them?

Reply Posted by lara on Thursday April 25 2013 at 21:20
they are idiot proof anyone could use 1 you dont need to be trained

Reply Posted by ana on Thursday April 25 2013 at 21:17
think its a good idea but as jane said who will pay 4 it and it will be us who pays r tax xx

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