CHIANG RAI – Public Health Minister acting Permanent-Secretary Dr.Surachet Satitniramai has reported that the Ministry of Public Health is preparing to dispatch more than 1,800 new doctors to northern Thailand hospitals this year.
According to Dr. Surachet Satitniramai, the 1,863 new doctors who make up 78 percent of all recent graduates from medical schools countrywide, were sponsored by the ministry’s special projects department aimed at alleviating the scarcity of doctors in remote areas.
Dr. Surachet confirmed that the dispatch of doctors this year would differ from previous occasions, in that the ministry had established two committees to supervise the placements of doctors and properly manage the proportion of personnel in line with the needs of each region.
The new doctors will perform their duties at central and general hospitals as well as major community hospitals, with senior doctors as their mentors. The Ministry of Public Health thus believes that the scheme can identify the true needs of each area and provide the new doctors with an opportunity to utilize their skills.