Families want the lessons of 7/7 learned

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The sister of one of the Jewish victims of the 7/7 bombings has urged that the coroner's recommendations at the inquest should not be "swept under the carpet".

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report at the end of a 19-week inquest into the deaths of 52 people who were among passengers on trains and a London bus targeted by four suicide bombers in London in 2005.

After ruling that the victims were unlawfully killed, she made nine recommendations, including asking Transport for London to reconsider providing first aid equipment on trains.

The Jews who died were Miriam Hyman, a 32-year-old picture editor and member of Golders Green's North-Western Reform Synagogue; Israeli charity worker Anat Rosenberg, 39, and Susan Levy, a 53-year-old mother of two from Hertfordshire.

Ms Hyman's sister Esther was satisfied with the coroner's recommendations.

"The important thing now is that they must be implemented, not swept under the carpet," she said.

"The whole process of the inquest has been harrowing. I'm now trying to focus on more productive activities such as the Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust."

Ms Rosenberg's partner, John Falding, felt "the questions people have been asking have been answered. I was reassured by the fact that despite the slow responses and chaotic operations, no lives were lost as a result. Now there is nothing between me and the memories of Anat.

"I accept that we can never spend enough on emergency services but feel the cost-cutting line has been drawn too low and this should be looked at. It's not about 'what we can get away with?' which is what the attitude has been."

Last updated: 3:13pm, May 12 2011