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Perhaps all these outraged SNP socialists who clammer for heads to roll on all things capitalist such as bankers’ bonuses and highly paid company executives will be equally angry about the £40 million paid for “distinction awards” by their featherbedded NHS to medical staff in Scotland alone (your report, 7 April).

Why, when money is paid to chief executives, is it called bonuses but to the medical profession it is “distinction awards”?

These people are already paid handsomely by the NHS and many of them do extra consultancy in the private arena (you and I would call it “work on the side”) and all condoned by their beloved SNP party led by Nicola Sturgeon whose cry for fairness is wearing wafer-thin.

It must be great working in the NHS knowing that when you get things wrong the politicians’ heads roll, not yours.

Hardly a day goes by without the NHS hitting the headlines so the sooner they privatise the health service and make it accountable for its actions the sooner people will stop treating this sacred cow like a religion and its staff as angels.

Then, and only then, will the politicians stop using it to beat us into submission every time one or another of them gets it wrong.

Stan Hogarth

Palmerston Place

Edinburgh