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Praram 2 Hospital ordered to close outpatient building

By THE NATION

 

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THE DEPARTMENT of Health Service Support (DHSS) director-general Dr Nattawut Prasertsiripong said yesterday that the department had ordered Praram 2 Hospital to close its outpatient building immediately.

 

The hospital had modified its carpark without permission and made it into a facility to treat outpatients, which violates the Health Facility Act. He said the hospital is required to pay an unidentified amount in fines, and also improve its facility in 15 days or face licence revocation. 

 

Meanwhile, Arkhom Praditsuwan, director of the department’s Bureau of Sanatorium and Art of Healing, said yesterday that no one at the hospital has been punished over the November 9 incident in which a woman with acid burns was allegedly denied treatment, and died shortly after arriving at a second hospital.

 

He said officials will be consulting experts from the Thai College of Emergency Physicians, the National Institute for Emergency Medicine and the Medical Council of Thailand in a bid to determine whether Praram 2 staff had met emergency-medicine standards. 

 

Gathered evidence and expert opinions will be forwarded to a medical ethics subcommittee to decide if punishment is warranted and, if so, what it should be, Arkhom said. 

 

“As a law-upholding authority, this department must ensure justice for both sides, so we have to be thorough in our investigation,” he said. 

 

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Meanwhile, Atchariya Ruangratanapong, a lawyer and chairman of a Facebook group for assisting crime victims, said on Facebook Live on Tuesday that a Praram 2 Hospital staff member had already admitted there was no doctor available when the victim arrived.

 

Chorladda Tharawan, 38, was taken to the hospital at 5am after her husband allegedly poured acid on her face. The lawyer said shopping-mall employee, Chorladda, and her 12-year-old daughter, had hailed a taxi to Bang Mod Hospital where she was registered for the universal healthcare scheme. However, the taxi driver suggested they go to Praram 2 Hospital, which was closer, due to the serious nature of the injury, Atchariya said. 

 

He cited the driver as saying that nobody was on stand-by in front of the hospital when the mother and daughter rushed inside. The driver followed them to ensure they were taken to the emergency ward. Four male staff members were present and the driver heard them say that no doctor was available at the time. The driver left the hospital after that.

 

Atchariya said Praram 2 Hospital did not contact Bang Mod Hospital for patient referral and its two available ambulances were not used to give Chorladda a lift. 

 

By then, Chorladda was unable to walk, and was helped into a taxi by a nursing assistant and another staff member, the lawyer claimed on Facebook Live.

 

Last words

 

When they arrived at Bang Mod Hospital, the taxi driver shouted for help and hospital staff came to carry Chorladda to the emergency ward. At that time, the driver heard Chorladda say, “I cannot take it anymore.” 

 

The victim was reportedly suffering from a large discharge of fluid from her nose and mouth, and a doctor in Bang Mod Hospital tried to remove the fluid and tried to resuscitate her. The also removed 2,200cc of blood, the lawyer said, but Chorladda died of massive bleeding and respiratory system failure.

 

Bang Mod Hospital has given police CCTV footage documenting the event after Chorladda arrived at the hospital. 

 

The lawyer said autopsy result initially stated respiratory failure as the cause of death, which was in line with Bang Mod Hospital.

 

Atchariya said he will file a criminal lawsuit against Praram 2 Hospital’s executives and doctors, saying denial of treatment can be considered recklessness resulting in death and the lack of a doctor barred the patient from receiving proper help. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30358560

 
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1 hour ago, webfact said:

 

THE DEPARTMENT of Health Service Support (DHSS) director-general Dr Nattawut Prasertsiripong said yesterday that the department had ordered Praram 2 Hospital to close its outpatient building immediately.

 

The hospital had modified its carpark without permission and made it into a facility to treat outpatients, which violates the Health Facility Act. He said the hospital is required to pay an unidentified amount in fines, and also improve its facility in 15 days or face licence revocation. 

 

This was only noticed after the incident involving the death of an unfortunate woman? :shock1:

 

Did no one notice the place was being modified? Surely there was a building permit required to modify a building with strict requirements.  I suppose it too late to get post construction approval at this point in time.🤑

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

said on Facebook Live on Tuesday that a Praram 2 Hospital staff member had already admitted there was no doctor available when the victim arrived.

case closed; guilty

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A lack of doctors in the ER seems like a huge cost saving but also going against every medical protocol.

My guess is the owners, or the responsible persons for that department, wanted to maximize profits by having less staff at certain times meaning they jeopardized the health of every patient walking through the door.

 

Let them pay for it...

Fine them the profits made in the past X years and let them repay that the coming 5-10 years.

If they value profits more than lifes, they will wake up when the fines runs in the millions/billions.

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Been there twice, never again. Last time just for a check up, I assumed it was a govt Hospital from the look of it and the crowds, Mrs said it was private. Check up results were a bit concerning with high levels on a few things and carried out after an hour of arguing about the price being 50% higher than the original one given a couple of days earlier. When I had the check up done again a few months later back home nothing was concerning at all, everything normal. That was a year ago and they were using the car park as out patients then, we had to park down the road at a hardware store. The only time I went to Bang Mod was with a neighbour who being pregnant had an appointment at 2PM, Doctor turned up at 4.50 with some excuse, going to the Bank I think it was. The best Hospital I have been to is Bangkok Hospital for treatment and price.

That poor women would probably have died anyway, the distance between the 2 Hospitals is less than a mile so about 5 minutes at the most at that time of day, they would have passed a nearer one at Nakornthon Hospital a few hundred meters from Param 2, good Hospital, why not go there?

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their web page says 24 hour emergency department so they must have adequate medical staff 24/7 but they didnt. no excuses. 

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The only surprise here is that the name of the hospital was published 

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5 hours ago, CelticBhoy said:

Throw the book at this supposed hospital  . . . .  🤬

This is a further example why private healthcare (?) is about money, not about giving care.

An A and E department without a doctor?

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9 hours ago, webfact said:

As a law-upholding authority, this department must ensure justice for both sides, so we have to be thorough in our investigation,”

:cheesy::cheesy::cheesy:

 

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