For almost 20 years, I have been writing that nursing is about care - not computing. At long last I have an ally: David Cameron, the Prime Minister.
Mr Cameron claims that he wants to see the re-introduction of nursing ward rounds on an hourly basis and a move to reduce administrative duties.
I would argue that abolition of the Care Standards Act, which added two hours of daily administration (box-ticking), would be a move in the right direction.
A change in culture is also required in order to emphasise the fact that nursing is based on interpersonal relationships, the need for good communications and the provision of tender loving care while providing personal care.
While research, health promotion and achievement of academic excellence is important, nothing takes priority over caring for the sick.
JOHN ORR MA, MEd, RGN, RMN
Seaforde, Co Down