By Duangkamon Sajirawattanakul The Nation Published on October 5, 2010
The Network of Medical Malpractice Victims and its allies will stage a big rally today outside Government House and Parliament. About 3,000 people are expected to join the demonstration.
"We will ask Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit to honour his promise about the Medical Malpractice Victim Protection Bill," the network's chairwoman PreeyananLorsermwattana said yesterday.
According to her, Jurin assured the network on February 15 that he would fully support the legislation of this bill, but no significant progress has been made since.
"There have been cases of medical malpractice and we want an official system to help the victims," Preeyanansaid. "There aren't so many victims."
The bill has not been able to progress very much because of stiff opposition from medical workers. In fact, their opposition has been so strong that the Public Health Ministry has had to appoint a panel to mediate.
Jurin said the Network of Medical Malpractice Victims had the right to stage a rally, but he would prefer to see the network bring up its points with the panel.
Led by Public Health Ministry permanent-secretary, Dr Paijit Warachit, the panel will meet on October 12 in the hope that the matter can be concluded.
The Federation of Healthcare Workforce of Thailand, which has been opposing the bill, yesterday urged the National Health Security Office to accept medical malpractice complaints at the rally today.
"We would like to know the exact number of victims and the compensation they should be entitled to," the federation's deputy chairwoman Dr Orapan Methadilokkul said.