Connect with us

Phuket

Patong Hospital creaking under workload

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

on

Patong Hospital creaking under workload | The Thaiger

PATONG (The Nation): Medical workers, including the director at Patong Hospital in Phuket, have quit the Public Health Ministry due to the enormous workload in the area, the hospital’s director, Dr Taveesak Netwongse, said.

As Phuket attracts many tourists, Patong Hospital was forced to expand from a 10-bed hospital to a 60-bed one to treat the increasing number of locals and foreigners.

Taveesak said many people visiting the hospital come with high expectations of medical service. “They do not think that this is a community hospital; they think it’s like a private hospital or a bigger state hospital,” he said.

The hospital has been hit by a lack of adequate [numbers of] medical workers and other limitations, he said, adding that “That’s why the medical workers in the hospital have to shoulder the [excessively heavy] workload.”

Taveesak said he had tried to find solutions. He had proposed that the government operate the hospital as a public organization like Samut Sakorn’s Banphaeo Hospital. His proposal was supported by former Public Health Minister Dr Mongkol Na Songkla because the hospital is located in a special area.

He said Mongkol’s backing had encouraged him to develop the hospital’s services, but it did not help in improving the facility. He blamed official regulations and political problems for the failure.

The deputy prime minister at that time had asked the Public Health Ministry to conduct a review of the number of hospitals that should operate as public organizations, but so far there had been no progress, he added.

The unsuccessful attempt to push Patong Hospital as a public organization had affected the morale of the medical workers, he said. Two of 10 physicians resigned in August and now there are only three doctors working regular hours in the hospital.

He said the rest of the physicians have to stand by for 24 hours to provide healthcare service to 420 patients per day on average, because Phuket is a tourist attraction and there are a lot of accidents in the area. “Many of them are tempted to seek higher-paying jobs in private hospitals,” he added.

Taveesak resigned from the Public Health Ministry in August this year but his resignation was not accepted by permanent secretary Dr Prat Boonyawongvirot. Prat wanted him to help the ministry and continue his work, but he [Taveesak] said he wanted to work for himself and his family.



Read more headlines, reports & breaking news in Phuket. Or catch up on your Thailand news.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Phuket

Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks

The Thaiger

Published

on

Water shut offs to hit parts of Cherng Talay for two weeks | The Thaiger

The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Cherng Talay will be shut off from March 19 – 31 at ‘some times’ during the day.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out on moving main water pipes. Areas to be affected include parts of Cherng Talay.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634

Continue Reading

Phuket

25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket

The Thaiger

Published

on

25 year old electrical contractor electrocuted in Chalong, Phuket | The Thaiger

FILE PHOTO

A 25 year old electrical contractor has died after accidentally touching a high voltage power cabling in Chalong. Police say that the power was still connected when the man was working.

Pakasit Raksakam was working on the cabling when he accidentally touched a cable that was still live, according to fellow contractors working nearby. Rescue workers arrived on Soi Na Yai off Chao Fah West road to find co-workers attempting to revive the man. He was working six metres above the ground when the incident happened some time shortly before 2pm on Saturday.

Pakasit was rushed to to the Emergency Centre of the new Chalong Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He was a contract worker with the Sapcharoen Company.

Work colleagues say that Pakasit from Thalang was an electrical contractor installing high-voltage cabling on power poles.

Chalong Police are conducting an investigation and speaking to other contractors to determine whether to press charges.

Continue Reading

Phuket

Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week

The Thaiger

Published

on

Water shut offs to hit parts of Patong, Kata and Karon for a week | The Thaiger

The Phuket Water Authority (PWA) has announced that water supply in some areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will be shut off from 9am to 5pm from March 25 – 31.

Water will be shut off while work is being carried out in the repair and maintenance of the Reverse Osmosis (RO) water pumping station in Karon.

Areas to be affected include parts of Patong, Kata and Karon.

“Residents in these areas should save water to use during the period of the shutoffs.  Water might have some discolouration after the repairs. We will complete the works as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.”

For more information, please call the PWA at 076 319 173, 082 790 1634 or 1662.

Continue Reading

The Thaiger Newsletter

Keep up with all the day’s news. Subscribe here.

The latest news and information from Thailand.

* indicates required



Trending