Chen : Health Authorities Investigate Private Hospital Turning Away Accident Victim

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Health authorities are currently investigating claims that a private hospital in Thailand turned away an accident victim, resulting in their death. The incident has sparked outrage and raised concerns about the quality of emergency care provided by private hospitals.

Public health officials have promised to release the results of their investigation by the end of this month. Inspectors from the National Institute for Emergency Medicine (NIEM) and the Department of Health Service Support (DHSS) have been conducting interviews with witnesses to gather more information about the incident. Acting Sub Lt Karun Sriwattanaburapa, assistant spokesman for the NIEM, confirmed that questioning took place on Wednesday.

According to the Emergency Medicine Act and the Health Facility Act, hospitals are required to provide emergency medical services to patients regardless of their financial or insurance status. However, allegations suggest that the private hospital in question failed to adhere to these regulations.

The investigation was launched after news of the incident spread on social media and gained widespread attention. The victim, a Taiwanese tourist identified as Chen, was severely injured in a car crash. Reports indicate that he was hit by an intoxicated driver who fled the scene. Chen was found unconscious in the middle of the road and was immediately given CPR by a volunteer rescuer from the Ruamkatanyu Foundation.

Despite his critical condition, Chen was denied admission by the private hospital’s supervisor and nurse in the emergency ward. They reportedly suggested that he be taken to a public hospital, citing potential financial concerns. The first responders decided to transport Chen to Sirindhorn Hospital, where he tragically passed away from his injuries.

The private hospital has offered a possible explanation for their refusal to admit Chen. According to Acting Sub Lt Karun, the hospital may have been fully occupied or faced limitations on accepting additional patients at the time. However, officials are still investigating other potential reasons for the hospital’s decision.

If found responsible, the staff of the private hospital could face legal consequences, including jail terms of up to two years and fines of up to 40,000 baht. The outcome of the investigation will shed light on the hospital’s actions and determine if they were in violation of the law.

This incident highlights the importance of ensuring that all hospitals, both public and private, prioritize the provision of emergency medical care to all patients in need. It also underscores the need for strict enforcement of regulations to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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