Thai State Agencies Agree to Create More Public Hospital Positions


BANGKOK (NNT) – An agreement has been reached to open more positions for doctors and nurses to address the shortage of medical staff in the state sector.

The Ministry of Public Health and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) agreed on various measures to address the ongoing issue of personnel shortage while reducing the number of doctors and nurses leaving the state sector to join private hospitals.

According to Dr Taweesin Visanuyothin, Deputy Permanent Secretary for Public Health, the plan is to create 35,000 additional positions for doctors and 140,000 new positions for nurses within the next three years. Medical schools will meanwhile increase the number of admissions for medical students each year, allowing for more graduates in the future.

The ministry and the CSC also agreed that some regulations will be reviewed for specialists as part of efforts to prevent them from leaving the state sector.

Resignations at state hospitals, especially among interns, have risen in recent years, increasingly affecting the effectiveness and efficiency of public hospitals that provide public health services. Due to personnel shortages, doctors have had to work longer hours in order to accommodate an increasing number of patients, resulting in overwork for the remaining medical staff at public hospitals.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.