02 Aug '11, 5am

From our reader: Why do we celebrate only Nurses' Day. What about the doctors, ambulance drivers and admin staff?

YESTERDAY was Nurses' Day, which is a fitting annual celebration to honour and recognise these stalwarts at the forefront of medical care. Nurses actually make the difference in one's hospital stay or visit. Doctors, in fact, have less contact with patients than nurses who must deal with difficult patients. They are often at the receiving end of abuse from unreasonable patients. Still, many serve through a lifetime of difficult situations because it is their calling. But I have often wondered why we celebrate only Nurses' Day. What about the doctors, clerks, physiotherapists, podiatrists, ambulance drivers, lab and administrative staff in the health-care world? These people bring their own skills and personality to the healing process. Without them, the medical service would grind to a halt. Perhaps we could have a Medical Workers' Day instead. That would embrace all of th...

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