Published: 30/05/2002, Volume II2, No. 5807 Page 23

I am writing regarding local authorities becoming responsible for the costs of delayed discharge (news focus and features, 9 May).

As this debate grows, should we not also consider local authorities charging health authorities for not curing patients, admitting people appropriately or even preventing major breakdowns in the first place?

This approach would only seem fair.

Ian McBean Edinburgh