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Plan for government-supported Phuket ‘International Medical Hub Centre’ unveiled

Plan for government-supported Phuket ‘International Medical Hub Centre’ unveiled

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Public Relations Department (PR Phuket) has announced a plan for the government to develop an international medical centre to be built on 140 rai near the Phuket Check Point in Tha Chatchai, at the northernmost tip of the island.

By The Phuket News

Friday 19 June 2020, 11:57AM

PR Phuket announced the plan in a post on its official Facebook page today (June 19), saying that “reporters” had explained basic details of the project.

However, The Phuket News had previously confirmed from a source that the concept was discussed on June 4 at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall attended by 16 consuls and honorary consuls in Phuket, but was unable to obtain any official confirmation of the project.

The PR Phuket report noted that the project was proposed by “Former Governor of Phuket” Phakaphong Tavipatana, along with Dr Chalermpong Sukhonthaphon, Director of Vachira Phuket Hospital, and Dr Thanit Sermkaew, chief of the Phuket Provincial Public Health Office (PPHO) and “various sectors”, which were not identified.

The order for Governor Phakaphong to transfer to Phetchaburi province, approved by Cabinet in April, came into effect on Wednesday. 

Phuket’s new Governor, Narong Woonciew, who was serving as Governor of Chaiyaphum province, arrived in Phuket today (June 19).

The plan is to build the medical centre on state land near the That Chatchai Police Station, said the report. The site is likely to be the same area where the “international convention and exhibitions centre”, dubbed “ICEC”, was proposed more than 10 years ago.

The project is being proposed as a way of attracting more tourists to the island by “developing international medical and public health services to create safety and value-added tourism, and in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2017-2021), “which places emphasis on the direction of development aimed at transitioning from a middle-income country to a high-income country with stability and a happy society”.

The report also noted that the site would reduce the distance needed to be travelled by visitors to Phuket, thus reducing risk of transmission of COVID-19, in line with “new normal” requirements to help prevent the spread of the disease.

“The project has the objective to develop Phuket as a centre for high-priced medical services connected with international tourism. The centre, as an ‘International Medical Hub in a world-class destination’, would enhance the readiness of medical infrastructure technology and medical services to support the treatment of important communicable diseases, emerging diseases, recurrent diseases, tropical diseases as well as serves as a quarantine centre for dangerous communicable diseases in accordance with international health and hygiene laws and research products on infectious diseases and diseases with significant problems,” the report said.

The project would also “provide long-term employment for people in the area and create investment opportunities in response to changes that lead to new normal, as well as to revitalize the economy by promoting health products and products linked to tourism or other service sectors,” the report added.

“If supported by a government budget, it will be both a selling point and strength of healthy tourism in Thailand and Phuket, which will draw quality tourists from around the world to Phuket,” the report noted.

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Kurt | 20 June 2020 - 11:57:29

Why is Chalong Hospital still a 'lame duck' in Phuket's medical health system? So far it came not further that being an ( expensive) First Aid Station,  like the old one next door.

Pascale | 20 June 2020 - 10:20:52

@Shwe  Maybe useless for you,but useful for others.
@LALALA  Complete unintelligent nonsense !
@CaptJack / Kurt  I agree ! Money should be used for more important issues.

BigA | 20 June 2020 - 07:27:18

Why not start something realistic like finish the Hospital in Chalong opposite Homepro? The building is there for years! Would save lot of time for the ambulance driving in an emergency people from Rawai,Chalong,and all the surrounding islands 
 through Phuket to get to an Hospital!

HubertK | 19 June 2020 - 22:06:17

And Mr Lalala has seen or being treated in every hospital in Europe ? Wondering how many hospitals he went for treatment in Thailand.In my opinion this is just another biased rant from someone who admitted to hate Thailand.Therefore he can't be taken seriously.

Shwe | 19 June 2020 - 16:08:03

They need to get some good doctors first, not the useless ones in Phukets hospitals at theoment

Kurt | 19 June 2020 - 13:53:22

Sorry, but who will take this money making 'shooting the breeze' serious. Of course, the kick backs will be enormous., that however not serve the Phuketians..How about start Phuket Public health service  with a granted flow of safe clean water to every household on Phuket + a more than enough incinerators capacity? Get rid of the illegal construction dirt dumps everywhere. All this first.

LALALA | 19 June 2020 - 12:39:59

Any Hospital in Europe covered by compulsory government insurance provides much higher skilled personal, excellent facilities and service for a similar price, for what to come to LOS for medical treatment ? Imagine a highly paid C-suite executive from the States will choose LOS over a private clinic in the US for example... this will simply not happen. Another plan from the dream boys though.

CaptainJack69 | 19 June 2020 - 12:23:58

What planet are these people on?

Obviously this will never happen. It's just another vanity project with some pretty pictures for someones wall, but just imagine if they did. Imagine if they wasted all that money on another "Phuket Gateway" instead of something we desperately need like public transport or water.


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