letters : Nurses in operating theatres

Am I the only person to be puzzled by the logic in Leona Cunliffe's letter (28 July), in which she argues that, 'People are often comforted by the presence of a nurse, particularly in theatres, where patients often feel anxious and uncertain'?

For most of the time that matters in theatres, patients are neither anxious nor uncertain.

They are simply unconscious, and have as little knowledge of the presence of a nurse as they have of being cut open.

We now have a government determined to modernise the NHS and get rid of some of the demarcations between professions.

They will hardly be impressed by this peculiar special pleading by NHS staff.

Steven Bliss Deputy director of finance Oxfordshire HA