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PHUKET: The management of Phuket International Hospital (PIH) has denied reports that they refused treatment to a British national injured in a motorbike accident after the victim’s mother claimed they denied assistance until payment had been guaranteed by the insurance provider.

The hospital held a press conference yesterday to clarify that even though the insurance company did not guarantee payment, Jacob Tonkin was provided medical care since the moment he was admitted to the hospital early Monday morning.

Mr Tonkin’s mother, Jane, who lives in Cheshire, UK, spoke to several UK-based newspapers, including the Daily Mirror and Manchester Evening News about her son’s accident.

“[Mr Tonkin] was also left with a fractured femur, as well as a second break to his leg, but his family claim doctors at the hospital refused to treat any of his injuries until payment had been guaranteed,” the Daily Mirror reported (story here).

The Manchester Evening News also reported the incident with the headline “My son was left for dead in Thailand… now I just want him home”.

“The accident occurred late at night on May 7 and Mr Tonkin arrived at the hospital just after midnight. The truth is that we started treating him immediately even though we did not receive any guarantee of payment from the insurance company,” said PIH Director Dr Dun Damrongsak.

“Two doctors teamed up to take care of him – a neurologist and an orthopedic surgeon – as he had injured both his head and leg. He underwent surgery on his leg on May 8,” he added.

Dr Dun said that the total cost of the treatment at this stage is about 300,000 baht and that the hospital has already contacted Mr Tonkin’s family.

Mr Tonkin is reportedly out of immediate danger, but is still under doctors’ care at the hospital.

“We have yet to receive any confirmation from the insurance company about whether they will cover Mr Tonkin’s medical bills or not. However, we have contacted his mother,” said Dr Dun.

PIH management has yet to discuss the news reports with Ms Jane.

“We will wait for her to arrive in Thailand first and then clarify the issue with her,” said Dr Dun.

“In the meantime, Mr Tonkin’s treatment is ongoing and we are closely monitoring his condition,” he added.

— Kongleaphy Keam



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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