Letter: Long trip for a bed

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Sir: The US judge who ordered that Caroline Beale is to be treated in one of the London psychiatric hospitals ("US frees British woman found with baby's corpse", 5 March) is not to know that they are already full.

However, given that high-profile cases succeed where mere need fails, a psychiatric bed has already been found. Does this mean that people should fly to the US if their psychiatric state is about to deteriorate, in order to ensure that a bed in the UK will be made available?

Dr Jim Stone

Hope, Derbyshire