Medics want PM to step down

Medical personnel at Ramathibodi Hospital have called for caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra step down and the Feb 2 election be postponed, the Post Today website reported.

It was clear that the Feb 2 poll would not settle the ongoing political conflict, as the root causes have not yet been resolved, said the statement by the group calling itself the Medical Professional Group for Democratic Reform.

The statement also noted that the new House of Representatives would not be able to convene because it was unlikely there would be 95% of the 500 MPs present, as required by law. This would be a waste of 3.8 billion baht of taxpayers' money it us costing to hold the election.

The group called on Ms Yingluck to step down immediately to open the way for a national reform. It also called for an indefinite postponement of the election.

Members demanded key reforms prior to the next election, particularly laws and regulations related to corruption prevention and suppression. As well, they called for freedom of the media in reporting the situation without any interference by any parties.

They also called on all parties to refrain from all forms of violence. Security units, they said, must provide security equally for people of all groups in order to prevent the loss of lives of Thais due to differences in political ideology.

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Discussion 1 : 14/01/2014 at 01:31 PM
I'm confused Asiacharlie, the only show we are all watching now is the Suthep "Believe it or Not show".
Discussion 2 : 12/01/2014 at 08:50 PM
Where were you in 2010?
Discussion 3 : 12/01/2014 at 02:09 PM
You know what? Medics should say shut up to Suthep, because he doing more harm to the economy of Thailand and the Bangkokians, as many supporters he have hails mostly from his south.
Discussion 4 : 12/01/2014 at 04:13 AM
The "medics" should vote in the next election if they are displeased with PM Yingluck. That is the point of elections. Do the "medics" care at all about the stability of the Government of Thailand? Apparently not.
Discussion 5 : 12/01/2014 at 03:40 AM
You miss the point,K.'thaimyth'! By making available these columns and publishing comment from the across the entire political spectrum, the BKP is fulfilling its democratic duty. The answers to Thailand's modern-day problems will come from open discussion, with a certain amount of influence from Thai myth, no doubt.
Discussion 6 : 11/01/2014 at 11:52 PM
It is news because it is rare in Thailand for medical professionals employed by a government hospital to speak openly against the current administration. Besides, Ramathibodi is not one hospital among the many, but it is one of the most respected state-run hospitals in the kingdom.
Discussion 7 : 11/01/2014 at 11:42 PM
In case you have all missed a point here, that is the message behind the statements.... These people are on the front lines... trying to save lives....when everyone else has lost their minds and think everything has to be finalized with violence.... What if it was your daughter or son on the road dying and waiting for help..... Settle the situation with reform, get it right, be proud of what you can accomplish and help save a life. Peace be to all, love thy neighbor as you would your mother and father.
Discussion 8 : 11/01/2014 at 10:21 PM
Medical personnel at Ramathibodi Hospital may be well educated, but it does not necessarily mean that their political opinion carries a heavier weight than others. So this article is not news worthy at all.
Discussion 9 : 11/01/2014 at 09:41 PM
BIKEME as Thai citizens why are the farmers and workers then not given their space in the media? Could it be because they are considered second rate citizens?
Discussion 10 : 11/01/2014 at 09:24 PM
I have twice paid for people to get operations, money under the table to get it done within a reasonable frame of time. Just because they swear an oath does not mean they adhere to it or are good people. This is essentially the problem of the "educated so we deserve more" attitude.
Discussion 11 : 11/01/2014 at 09:09 PM
They are educated.
Discussion 12 : 11/01/2014 at 09:05 PM
I am afraid one side will loose a gerat deal .
Discussion 13 : 11/01/2014 at 09:04 PM
So they are not worth the time of day is your feeling.I hope you never need them in an emergency.
Discussion 14 : 11/01/2014 at 08:44 PM
Please tell me where in Thailand you can get a free medical education paid for by the tax payer,unless it's "indirectly",meaning paid with ill-gotten gains by a crooked politician/official. Just a suggestion...check facts before posting.
Discussion 15 : 11/01/2014 at 08:43 PM
Medics are citizens of Thailand entitled to express their opinion.
Discussion 16 : 11/01/2014 at 08:41 PM
Yingluck does not seem to have any political competence, yet she became PM...how do you explain this mystery ???
Discussion 17 : 11/01/2014 at 08:14 PM
In Thai society the amount of respect you get increase with position, education, wealth and connections. Since education here is just a function of wealth and to a lesser degree with IQ and nothing to do with social IQ, this piece of information is irrelevant.
Discussion 18 : 11/01/2014 at 07:49 PM
Too subtle, sarkasm is easily missed here.
Discussion 19 : 11/01/2014 at 07:46 PM
I don't think that Thaksin will listen to their advice. Did he accept the advice of the United Nations, World Bank, Tony Blair, etc.? The 2nd February elections will be a waste of time and money, and completely pointless. The demonstrations will only spread to the buildings where voting will be carried out on 2nd February. Pheu Thai should accept the delay and agree to reforms. What are they going to say to the farmers leading up to 2nd February? "Vote for us! We never break a promise. What a success the rice scheme has been! Thaksin loves you and wants to help all Red Shirts!" Rings a bit hollow.
Discussion 20 : 11/01/2014 at 07:41 PM
Is this newsworthy? Why not Rice farmers want Yingluck to stay? There was a time when the Bangkok post had some authority, that they dared to make a stance against appointed senators and an appointed rubber stamp parliament. That was when they fought with Suchinda and supported the much more corrupt Chatchai. Still it was about democracy now it is only about who controls Thailand when the inevitable happens. Go and do your job Bangkok Post report news, do not let yourself be used by interest groups. These medics might have had a great education, paid for by the tax payer, but they haven't learned anything about democracy
Discussion 21 : 11/01/2014 at 07:20 PM
Medics focus on your profession and stay away from politics
Discussion 22 : 11/01/2014 at 07:11 PM
Amandia, thats a bit of an insult to a fish cake don't you think.
Discussion 23 : 11/01/2014 at 07:08 PM
Maybe i missed it but she is still PTP leader, oop's thats not really correct is it the real PM is a criminal billionaire living in Dubai.
Discussion 24 : 11/01/2014 at 06:56 PM
Felix yes but note how the MSM handles these things. A few doctors and nurses get a full article, millions in issn or even the PTP supporters in Bangkok get either nothing, or the short end of the stick at every opportunity.
Discussion 25 : 11/01/2014 at 06:34 PM
Compromise is the basis of modern civilization. It means neither side loses and both sides win, that neither side gets everything they want, but both sides have equal gains and losses. It is a very simple thing to characterise compromise, or love, or faith...the devil is in the details.
Discussion 26 : 11/01/2014 at 06:33 PM
Pote: Suthep doesn't have anything to resign from.
Discussion 27 : 11/01/2014 at 06:30 PM
I wonder how many more will die for the Thaksin show ?
Discussion 28 : 11/01/2014 at 06:28 PM
What a very important and well argued breaking news, certainly worth being a breakingnews.. Thank you very much, be sure many people will consider it a determinant factor of seeing and judging the current crisis.
Discussion 29 : 11/01/2014 at 06:23 PM
Do what? Nothing like YS????
Discussion 30 : 11/01/2014 at 06:22 PM
I did not know YS and her government resigned.
Discussion 31 : 11/01/2014 at 06:18 PM
Read more careful, "called for an indefinite postponement of the election." Until such time safe guards are in place. Don't you agree? Do you have any trust in the current bunch?
Discussion 32 : 11/01/2014 at 06:16 PM
I don't think anyone expects instant results, most everyone just wants to reduction process to start beforehand. The red brethren seem to have determined it can't be cured therefore we should not try. The PTP promised to try but did zilch. The PDRC thinks we should try. Step 1 change a few laws in the voting process to stymie vote buying corruption then have the election, enforce those laws to kick out a few, then go for step 2.
Discussion 33 : 11/01/2014 at 06:16 PM
No she did not, Suthep is waiting for that.
Discussion 34 : 11/01/2014 at 06:15 PM
At least they are experts in "one " field as you put it.....just look at the experts in the PTP.........you are having a laugh if you think ONE of the PTP ministers are professional in their field........IQ of fish cakes all of them.
Discussion 35 : 11/01/2014 at 05:50 PM
She already did. Now its time for Suthep to do the same.
Discussion 36 : 11/01/2014 at 05:44 PM
If the Medical personnel at Ramathibodi Hospital honestly believe that any legal reform can end corruption before an election in less than years, they are naive in the extreme. They might be highly competent as doctors and the like, but seem clueless at social, political and moral issues. Expertise in one narrow field does not qualify anyone in another field - which is one of the serious defects in the idea of making up a "committee of good people" from different professions, unless you include all from every profession, including street sweepers, and massage parlour workers, who are as likely to have as sound a grasp of the issues as doctors
Discussion 37 : 11/01/2014 at 05:43 PM
Well done! And the medics should also tell Yingluck that refusing medical help to protesters is criminal…For sure she will say she did not know and call another committee…. but I am sure her brother knows and agrees….
Discussion 38 : 11/01/2014 at 05:32 PM
Must be a slow news day when the press release from the staff of one hospital out of more than 1300 in the country makes the paper !

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