THERE is no denying the importance of a well-functioning health system in any nation.
The latest Tebbutt-Times Poll has revealed some issues which people have highlighted and must be taken seriously by the government of the day.
It is apparent that services in some parts of our health system leave much to be desired, and interestingly enough, some problems have been ongoing for many years.
People want better qualified nurses and rightly so, because a nurse is usually the first point of contact for treatment or consultation at medical centres and hospitals.
This means an expectation to be professional and humane in dealing with people, right down to knowing what to do, and advising and taking appropriate action that is beneficial to the patient.
Waiting in line for hours on end is another issue that must be dealt with.
Perhaps those in power in our health system can work out some strategies to shorten patients' waiting time and have them examined at the earliest time possible.
In any case, a sick or dying person waiting for too long can be tragic.
For far too long, the professional conduct of some staff in our health system has left much to be desired.
Those in the medical profession must understand that their role is to provide service to the people.
Kind words, sympathy, clear and concise advice and counselling are what people need when they ask for assistance about their health.
The survey also revealed people's desire for more health services such as hospitals and medical clinics, free workshops and awareness programs.
These are indeed genuine needs of the people which the government of the day, or any government for that matter, must take seriously.