Letter: Depressing effect of hospital architecture

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your correspondent (report, 30 September) stated that my criticism of the architecture of a London hospital referred to Guy's. He was mistaken. In fact, he was several miles out.

I specifically did not name any particular hospital; if I had, it would have been unfair on the staff of that hospital to feel that they were being devalued for the shortcomings of the architectural establishment of 20 years ago.

I am sorry that your paper does not have the sensitivity to understand the effects of such journalistic licence on the morale of large numbers of NHS employees.

Yours faithfully,


Under-Secretary of State

Department of Health

London, SW1