Letter: For the elderly ill: no contract, no care

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Sir: I was pleased to read in today's letter from David Hirst, chief executive of North Middlesex Hospital Trust, that the death of Mrs Ruskin was not because his organisation does not care for, or about, elderly patients, nor for cash reasons.

It was because 'the purchasing health authority had not undertaken to contract with this trust for acute geriatric medicine, and consequently we receive no funding with which to provide such a service'.

So that's all right then.

Yours sincerely,


Banstead, Surrey

3 August