I am saddened at the treatment of Ken Williams, who was forced to leave his position as chief executive at Bedford Hospital.

I speak for most in praising Ken for his lifetime of dedication to the NHS and his leadership.

He lost his job in the twilight of his career because the politicians, the media and, indeed, society, insist on finding a scapegoat when something goes wrong.

I am not condoning the practice in the Bedford mortuary but Ken paid the price for not knowing and for being found out. The implications of this for chief executives are enormous, but for now let us pay tribute to an honourable man whose loyalty to the service should have counted for more.

Stephen Ramsden Chief executive Luton & Dunstable Hospital trust