Published:25/04/2002, Volume II2, No. 5802, Page 18

Ifonly someone was able to 'mend the notoriously tricky relationship' between the NHS and pharmaceutical companies over two days, the NHS would be a happier place for all ('Keep taking the tablets', news focus, 11 April).

The point of the NHS Confederation conference was, of course, that there are no easy answers.

The conference was a forum to stimulate discussion, and 80 per cent of delegates agreed, by stating that the conference met their expectations.

The confederation is committed to fostering better communications between the NHS and the pharmaceutical industry and if, as we believe it did, the conference went a small way to helping delegates understand the new NHS, then we are pleased with the outcome.

A publication will be produced from the conference to communicate the discussions to a wider audience.

Gill Morgan Chief executive NHS Confederation