St Andrew's Hospital, Northampton, an independent charity, is unusual in having a clinical ethics committee as well as a research committee (which is the equivalent of a NHS research ethics committee).

The clinical ethics committee has the task of raising the level of awareness of ethical matter within the hospital and of giving advice and help on clinical ethical issues.

I am interested in finding out how many other clinical ethics committees exist, under whatever title, in hospitals, trusts and health authorities. I invite anyone who knows of such a committee to write or e-mail me.

Reverend John Camp Chair Clinical ethics committee St Andrew's Hospital Northampton NN1 5DG camp@bigfoot.com