Thailand: Nurses Drag Facebook User to Police for Damaging Nursing Profession

Several nurses lodged a complaint with police on Friday against a Facebook user who they say is causing damage to the nursing profession.

Leading the complainants is Panida Suttiprapa, who is the head nurse at Roi Et Hospital and a representative of the Roi Et Nursing Council.

The complaint was lodged at the Mueang Roi Et Police Station in Roi Et province.  Panida identified the alleged defamer as the Facebook user with the account name of “Win Rueangtinarom”.

“This Facebook user has called the head nurse and nurses operating in surgery rooms stupid, and has said nurses have no abilities to dispense drugs,” Panida said.

“Apparently, such comments are aimed at humiliating nurses and causing damage to their profession.”

The controversial posts went online after it was reported that the Drug Bill would allow persons not trained as pharmacists to dispense medicines.

“We have studied much of what pharmacists have studied, though we are trained for different functions in the healthcare sector,” Panida said.

She said she would encourage nurses in all provinces to take action against the Facebook user.

“We have resolved to lodge an official complaint because this netizen has continued to ridicule us, even after we have contacted him via Facebook,” she said.

Police say more evidence must be compiled before determining whether this case can go forward in legal process.
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