The Medical Council opposes a Public Health Ministry plan to assign young doctors to remote community hospitals to help fix a doctor shortage.
The ministry plans to send doctor graduates to remote hospitals to serve the first year of their three-year internship. The council, however, says it is concerned about the standard of medical services the doctors will meet when they get there, and wants the ministry to think again.
Prasobsri Ungthavorn, deputy council chairman, said she disagreed with the ministry's idea, which it proposed to tackle a shortage of doctors in the southernmost provinces, and the Northeast. "It's not appropriate to send new graduates to work at remote community hospitals right away," she said.