It is all very well saying lawyers get too much money (news, page 5, 12 July).

But when the public's health is handed over to private companies (to make a tidy profit en route, through refinancing as they go), and when the last remnants of democratic accountability in health are removed from local communities (so that there is no public access to decisionmaking), and when the newlyprivatised concerns are no longer subject to legislation which specifies 'public authorities'. . . then it is perhaps not surprising that individual litigation becomes the answer for individual 'customers'.

Be tough on lawyers, but be tough on the causes of lawyers too.

John Nicholson Chief executive UK Public Health Association