Nurse protest: Govt must keep promise
published : 16 Oct 2012 at 19:45
writer: Jon Fernquest
Govt promised jobs for nurses by end of year but none hired yet. More & more nurses leaving govt hospitals.
Nurses demand govt employment
About 500 nurses gathered outside Government House on Tuesday morning, demanding the government employ them as permanent officials.
At public hospitals, nurses have the status of "temporary employees", who have fewer welfare options than state officials.
The nurses wanted the government to fulfill its promise of offering more than 3,600 positions with full state benefits.
About four months ago, Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri pledged to hire them at hospitals under his ministry's control by the end of this fiscal year but so far not a single one of them has been employed.
The group said that if their plea was not heard, they will submit a petition to the nurse affairs committee at the parliament.
Their gathering took up a traffic lane, causing some traffic congestion in the area.
Thailand faces a growing shortage of experienced nurses with the supply of nurses decreasing at the same time as demand is increasing. Many factors are at work.
The elimination of ranks in the civil service has made work at government hospitals less attractive.
Lack of civil service rank reduces bargaining power for salary increases and many nurses are also hired for positions lower than their qualifications.
Nurses tend to leave nursing for careers that are less demanding and offer higher salaries.
Many nurses have also abandoned work in government hospitals for higher-paying jobs in private hospitals.
When the Asean Economic Community starts in 2015, nurses who meet Asean labour's standards for working abroad may choose better paying jobs in other ASEAN countries.
Salaries in Singapore are as high as 50,000 baht a month with benefits such as accommodation and meals included, much higher than the 12,000 baht at most paid for long shifts by Thai state hospitals.
While the supply of nurses has dropped, the demand for nurses has increased.
Government health services are expanding into remote areas and new specialized clinics are being set up. New regulations require nurses at local government tambon organisations and factories. Schools are also making requests for nurses.
In the face of the growing shortage, new ways are needed to retain experienced nurses in Thailand.
(Source #1: Bangkok Post, Health, Nurses demand government employment, 16/10/2012, link)
(Source #2: Bangkok Post, Critical nurse shortage looms, 27/09/2012, link)
(Source #3: Bangkok Post, Economics, MEDICAL SERVICES, Nursing profession in dire straits, 11/06/2012, Soonya Vanichkorn, link)
Nurse labour markets vocabulary
nurse - นางพยาบาล
nursing - การพยาบาล๒. วิชาการพยาบาล (See Wikipedia)
public hospitals - same as "government hospitals"
private hospitals - hospitals owned and operated by a company (not the government)
experienced - skillful; expert; having a lot of work experience and knowledge from work ซึ่งได้รับการฝึกฝน, ซึ่งมีประสบการณ์, ชำนาญ, ช่ำชอง, เชี่ยวชาญ
shortage - when there is not enough of something การขาดแคลน
shortage of experienced nurses
supply - อุปทาน
demand - อุปสงค์
employ - to have someone work or do a job for you and pay them for it ว่าจ้าง, จ้าง
status - สถานภาพ
permanent - happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future ถาวร
permanent officials - people who work permanently for the government
temporary - ชั่วคราว
benefits - employee benefits; other things in addition to salary that companies give employees (such as health insurance) สวัสดิการเพิ่มเติม
state - government รัฐ
full state benefits
welfare - same as "benefits"
fulfill its promise - do what they promised
pledged - seriously promised to do something สาบาน
fiscal - connected with the government budget, i.e., public money เกี่ยวกับงบประมาณ
fiscal year - the period of one year that government spending takes place during
not a single one of them - none of them
employed - to have a job (and work for a company, government or other organization)
plea - an urgent and emotional request คำร้อง, คำขอ, คำขอร้อง, คำวิงวอน
petition - to ask someone in authority to do something; to make a formal request ยื่นคำร้อง a document signed by a large number of people demanding or requesting some action from the government or another authority การถวายฎีกา, การร้องเรียน
submit - to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา ยื่น เสนอ
submit a petition - to give someone a petition (asking them to do something)
affairs - events and activities relating to the government, politics, economy etc of a country, region, or the world ความสัมพันธ์ระหว่างประเทศ
gathering - a party or a meeting when many people come together as a group การรวมตัว, การประชุม
factors - one of the things that effects a situation or event ปัจจัย
traffic lane - ช่องทางเดินรถ
congestion - a situation in which a place is crowded with people or vehicles แน่นขนัดไปด้วยรถหรือคน
traffic congestion - traffic jam รถติด; การจราจรติดขัด
elimination - removing or getting rid of something การกำจัด, การตัดออก, การขจัด
rank - someone's official position in the armed forces, police, fire services, etc. ตำแหน่ง
civil service - ราชการพลเรือน
civil service rank - a person's position in the civil service
lack rank - does not having rank (here: not part of civil service)
attractive - pleasant to look at น่าสนใจ
bargaining - try to get a better deal from someone (for example, a better price for something you want to buy)
bargaining power - to power or ability to get better deal and lower price
salary - a fixed amount of money that you earn each month or year from your job เงินเดือน
qualifications - the abilities, qualities, degrees, etc. that you need for a particular job or activity
tend - to be likely to behave in a particular way or have a particular characteristic มักจะ
career - อาชีพ, การงาน
demanding - difficult to do ความยากลำบาก, ความยุ่งยาก
abandoned - left alone by someone who is supposed to look after you ที่ถูกละทิ้ง ถูกปล่อยทิ้งไว้
standards - high levels of quality and knowledge that must be met มาตรฐาน, บรรทัดฐาน
accommodation - a place to live (house or apartment)
shift - the period during the day that you work (examples: day shift, night shift, graveyard shift)
remote - far away in the distance ไกล
specialized - having special knowledge or skills ชำนัญพิเศษ
regulations - official rules that control the way things are done ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ ระเบียบปฏิบัติ
retain - to keep รักษา