Former Chonburi public-health officer arrested at illegal Pong clinic

Friday, 06 December 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

A former Chonburi Public Health Office administrator was arrested for allegedly operating an illegal medical clinic in Pong Sub-District.

Jutha Suriyawongs, 59, was arrested Nov. 22 at his home where a clinic was set up in a back room. Children and Women Protection Center officers caught Jutha red-handed injecting an elderly patient with medication.

Officers seized 400 generic antibiotic tablets and 220 tablets of generic anti-inflammatories.

Jutha is a former Level 6 public-health management officer with a master’s degree from the National Institute of Administration and a political science doctorate from an Australian university.

Investigators said he’d resigned from the Chonburi Public Health Office in 2007 and believed he’d gleaned enough medical knowledge from his time there to open an unlicensed clinic. He’d been treating patients, mostly elderly neighborhood residents, since then, officers said.

Jutha was charged with running an unlicensed medical office, performing medical treatments without a license, selling unregistered pharmaceuticals and operating as a medical practitioner without a license.

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