I refer to your news focus, The bane of Fife (2 December). Fife health board did not see off Charlotte Stenhouse as chair - she tendered her resignation after discussions with the Scottish health minister.

Lord Ewing did not replace her at Kirkcaldy Acute Hospitals trust - it was Hazel Wierter. Lord Ewing was chair of Fife Healthcare trust.

Consultation regarding the future shape of health services in Fife has been in place since March 1998, when we issued our integrated healthcare strategy .

You report that previous attempts at informal public consultation have dramatically broken down. During the present period of consultation, other productive meetings had already taken place in North Fife.

We regret that the Dunfermline meeting had to be abandoned due to the large number of people who turned up.

The sizeable police presence referred to in a local newspaper amounted to three police officers.

Since then we have accepted at least 12 invitations to attend meetings in the community. These have been extremely helpful, and the issues raised will help us form the content of our consultation document and ensure a fruitful consultation process as we take forward our integrated healthcare strategy.

Malcolm Murray Acting general manager Fife health board