11,000 nurses to get civil servant status

11,000 nurses to get civil servant status

Temporary contract nurses protesting & demanding to be hired as full-time nurses with full pay and benefits. Inset: Nurse engaging in the important work that they do.
Temporary contract nurses protesting & demanding to be hired as full-time nurses with full pay and benefits. Inset: Nurse engaging in the important work that they do.

Some protests do work. Nurses stuck in low paid temporary status get promises of full-time nurse jobs with full benefits and pay.


11,000 nurses to get civil servant status

Govt caves in amid resignation threat
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After a series of twists and turns the government said yesterday it will meet nurses' demands by granting 11,000, who are now working under temporary contracts, permanent civil servant status within three years, entitling them to get the same welfare and benefits that nurses get.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting at Government House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said the first batch will be hired this year to fill 2,200 civil servant positions that are currently vacant under the Public Health Ministry (MOPH).


A further 8,800 permanent civil servant positions will be granted over the next three years, or about 2,900 per year, Gen Prayut said in a move seen as pre-empting a rash of resignations by nurses this summer.

These figures include all the vacancies that will arise when nurses who already enjoy status as permanent civil servants retire, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

The recruitment scheme was proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam and MOPH Minister Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn during the meeting.

It has been agreed by the cabinet but not yet officially approved.

Gen Prayut said he has assigned Mr Wissanu to work on the plan.


The premier's decision comes after more than 10,000 nurses working for public hospitals and state health units nationwide on a temporary contract basis, threatened to leave their posts if they were not granted permanent civil servant status.

The nurses said they would stop working at the end of September, when the 2017 fiscal year is over, in protest against the cabinet decision on May 9 which disapproved the listing of 10,992 contract nurses as civil servants over a three-year period.

Contract nurses are hired by state hospitals. They are not entitled to the same benefits and welfare that nurses with civil servant status receive.

Gen Prayut said the government had to consider all state agencies whose staff are comprised of permanent civil servants, government employees as well as contract and permanent employees to ensure the situation is dealt with fairly and equitably.


Gen Prayut admitted the state lacked skilled nurses as many resign to work for private hospitals with higher salaries and better welfare benefits.





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  • admit: to agree that something is true, especially when you are unhappy, sorry or surprised about it - ยอมรับ
  • amid: during the time when something else is happening - ท่ามกลาง
  • approve: to give official permission - อนุมัต
  • assign: to give a person a particular task or position - มอบหมาย, สั่งงาน
  • batch: a group - กลุ่ม
  • benefit: money provided by the government to people who need financial help because they are unemployed, ill/sick, etc - เงินสงเคราะห์
  • benefits: the part of an employees compensation or pay that consists of things like health insurance, vacation time and other special privileges not measured directly in money -
  • cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
  • cave in: to suddenly stop opposing someone or something, especially because you have been persuaded or pressured - ยอมทำตาม
  • caves in: to suddenly stop opposing someone or something, especially because you have been persuaded or pressured - ยอมทำตาม
  • civil servant: someone who works for a government department - ข้าราชการ
  • comprise: to consist or be made up of two or more things - ประกอบด้วย
  • contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • currently: at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน
  • dealt with: deal with, to take action to solve a problem รับมือกับ, จัดการกับ -
  • decision (noun): a choice or judgement that you make after thinking and talking about what is the best thing to do - การตัดสินใจ
  • demand: a very firm request for something - ข้อเรียกร้อง, การเรียกร้อง
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
  • entitled: having the right to have or do something - มีสิทธิโดยชอบ
  • equitable: treating everyone equally, giving no special benefits to any group -
  • figure: a number representing a particular amount, especially one given in official information - ตัวเลข, จำนวนเลข
  • fiscal year (noun): the budget year - ปีงบประมาณ
  • grant: to give - ให้
  • grant: to officially give something - ให้
  • hire: to pay someone to work for you - จ้าง
  • lack (verb): to not have something - ขาด
  • listing: a list of things -
  • ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง
  • move (noun): action -
  • nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ
  • nurse: someone who is trained to look after ill or injured people, usually in a hospital - พยาบาล
  • officially: publicly and by somebody who is in a position of authority - อย่างเป็นทางการ
  • permanent: happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future - ถาวร  
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • post: a job/position in a company or organisation - ตำแหน่งการงาน
  • pre-empt (verb): to do or say something before somebody else does - ทำมาก่อน, ได้มาก่อน
  • premier (noun): prime minister - นายกรัฐมนตรี
  • private: involving groups, businesses or industries that are not owned or controlled by the government - เอกชน
  • propose: to suggest an idea for a group to consider - เสนอ
  • protest: a meeting or rally, sometimes forceful or violent, of people who strongly disagree with something - ชุมนุมประท้วง
  • public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ
  • public health (noun): the health of all the people in a country, city or community and their health issues; also the name of a government department - การสาธารณสุข
  • Public Health Ministry (noun): the ministry that oversees and carries out the government national health policy - กระทรวงสาธารณสุข
  • rash: a lot of something; a series of unpleasant things that happen over a short period of time - การระบาด,ความแพร่หลาย
  • recruitment: the process of finding people to work for a company or become a new member of an organisation - การสรรหาใหม่
  • resign: to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • resignation: the act of leaving a job, position of power, etc. - การลาออกจากตำแหน่ง
  • retire: to stop working because you have reached the age where you are officially too old to work - เกษียณอายุ
  • salary: a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job - เงินเดือน
  • scheme: a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people - แผนการ โครงการ
  • series: many things happening one and then another, one after another -
  • situation: all the circumstances and things that are happening at a particular time and in a particular place - สถานการณ์
  • skilled: having enough ability, experience and knowledge to be able to do something well - มีทักษะ,
  • spokesman: a person who speaks on behalf of a group or an organization - โฆษก
  • staff: workers employed by a person or organisation considered as a group - คณะผู้ทำงาน, คนงาน
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • status: official or legal position - สถานภาพ
  • temporary: done or used for only a limited period of time, i.e., not permanent - ชั่วคราว
  • threat: a danger - อันตราย
  • threaten: to say you might or will do something bad or harmful, especially in order to make someone do something - ขู่
  • twist: an unexpected change or development in a story or situation - การเปลี่ยนแปลงที่ไม่คาดคิด
  • unit (noun): a business unit or subsidiary; a part of a company that does a particular activity or that is not divided into smaller parts - บริษัทลูก, บริษัทสาขา, บริษัทในเครือ
  • vacancy: a job that no one is doing and is therefore available for someone new to do - ตำแหน่งว่าง
  • vacant: empty - ที่ว่างลง
  • welfare: help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it; good care and living conditions - สวัสดิการ
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