Medical schools' deans call for govt to step down

national January 20, 2014 00:00

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The deans of eight medical schools are calling on the caretaker government to step down and pave way for the establishment of the "provisional government".

The moves are recommended in hope of ending the ongoing conflict and violence. “We believe the February 2 election will be causing conflicts, serious rifts, losses, and long term problems. So, we believe the election should be rescheduled,” the eight deans announced via a joint statement on Monday. 

In their statement, they have called for the provisional government that wins acceptance from all sides as it is expected to solve problems, control the situation, and facilitate preparations for election.

The top chiefs of the eight medical schools have also urged all sides to engage in talks so as to achieve reconciliation.

They have added that provocation, distribution of distorted information, and all form of violence must end.

The statement was signed by Dr Udom Kachintorn, dean of the Mahidol University (MU) Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Dr Sophon Napathorn, dean of the Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr Winit Phuapradit, dean of the MU Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Dr Sutham Pinjaroen, dean of the Prince of Songkla University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr Preecha Wanichsetakul, dean of the Thammasat University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr Supasit Pannarunothai, dean of the Naresuan University’s Faculty of Medicine, Dr Pisit Piriyapun, dean of the Burapha University’s Faculty of Medicine, and Dr Surawich Tatetuwanan, dean of Rangsit University’s College of Medicine.