CCSA under fire for allegedly misleading public over hospital bed situation in Thailand

The 4th field hospitals set up by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration at the Bangkok Arena stadium.

The director of the Thoracic Society of Thailand, under Royal Patronage, Dr.Nitipat Jiarakul, has taken CCSA to task over the claim that there are sufficient hospital beds to meet the demand represented by increasing COVID-19 infections.

He also called on CCSA to provide accurate facts about hospital beds, vis-à-vis the actual capacity of medical services in Thailand.

In his Facebook post early Sunday morning, Dr. Nitipat cited the case of an 85-year old woman, who was in a critical condition due to COVID-19, and who had to isolate at home because no ambulance was sent to rush her to a hospital, adding that he wondered how many other such cases there are.

ดูข่าวทีวีศบค.บอกเหลือเตียงรับผู้ป่วยโควิดอีกกว่าสองหมื่นเตียง อ้าว…ทำไมดรามาอาม่าเกิดขึ้น…

Posted by นิธิพัฒน์ เจียรกุล on Saturday, 24 April 2021

Referring to a claim by CCSA’s spokesperson, Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, that there are, currently, about 21,000 unoccupied hospital beds, out of a total of 40,524 nationwide, Dr. Nitipat asked how the case of the 85-year old grandmother was allowed to occur.

He also said he wonders why his patient had to wait eight days at home and still could not get a hospital bed.


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