7 ThaiHealth executives suspended

7 ThaiHealth executives suspended

Seven board members of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) have been suspended under a special order issued by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha under Section 44 of the interim charter.

They are among the latest of 59 state officials ordered to leave their duties pending probes, mostly concerning alleged irregularities and malfeasance.

The suspension order was published in the Royal Gazette Tuesday.

The board members are Vichai Chokevivat, Songkran Pakchokdee, Ennoo Suesuwan, Yongyuth Wongpiromsarn, Somporn Chaibangyang, Prapapat Niyom, and Vichien Phongsathorn.

Most of the other suspended officials are local administrators in provinces including Maha Sarakham, Nonthaburi, Phitsanulok, Pathum Thani, Chiang Mai, Rayong, Samut Prakan, and Chon Buri.

Others include two academics from Chulalongkorn University and Walailak University as well as an official from the Anti-Money Laundering Office.

As for the ThaiHealth board members, it is unclear why they were suspended but it is believed to be linked to investigations in the oganisation's budget spending, which ran into government flak last year.

Gen Prayut has ordered the Justice Ministry to investigate the authorisation of spending after the National Council for Peace and Order's audit panel found in a recent report that ThaiHealth's budget last year may not have been spent properly.

The report found about 40% of the foundation's funds went to matters not related to health promotion.

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