If you were to ask the average New Zealander whether they thought a poor person was as entitled as a rich person to immediate treatment in the event of a heart attack, most would consider it a rhetorical question - the only sane answer is yes.

This makes it all the more incongruent – and distressing – to read a report earlier this week that life-saving defibrillators are more likely to be located in richer, urban areas than in those poorer or rural parts of the country.

In many ways, this runs against the grain of the