Doctor shortage leaves Nongprue locals aching

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Nongprue residents are complaining that local clinics are suffering unscheduled closures due to a shortage of doctors.
Nongprue residents are complaining that local clinics are suffering unscheduled closures due to a shortage of doctors.

Nongprue residents are complaining that local clinics are suffering unscheduled closures due to a shortage of doctors.

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit and sub-district council members met with representatives from the region’s 44 communities to discuss facilities such as the Mabprachan Medical Center, which now closes several days a week due to a shortage of doctors and nurses.

Residents said many people prefer to use local clinics and walk-in centers, especially the elderly who cannot commute to city hospitals or wait all day in crowded waiting rooms.

Sub-district officials offered little consolation, pointing out Mabprachan has never posted operating hours and only operates when it can.

Public Health Director Surapol Kruemprasert said that center has only three full-time staffers, one of whom is a clerk. They often leave the center to attend to urgent cases and accidents.

Mai made a vague promise to look into the issue and do what he can, saying the sub-district will try to station two doctors at the Mabprachan center at all times.