Letter: In brief

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Cottage hospitals are not like branch libraries (leading article, 1 April).

Library visits tend to be weekly or fortnightly, but when your mother is convalescing you want to visit daily.

The cottage hospital in Kington, Herefordshire, has for a long time been threatened with closure despite the protestations of local inhabitants.

Next time a family member needs a hospital bed, the population of Camden may like to consider whether they would prefer it to be local or to be given the choice of, say, Staines or Orpington.

That is the equivalent of the option offered to residents of this area.

RICHARD RIMINGTON

Presteigne, Powys

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