Deans from eight medical schools have called for the caretaker government to step down and pave way for the establishment of a "provisional government".
The move was recommended as a way to try to end the current political conflict and violence. “We believe the February 2 election will cause conflicts, serious rifts, losses, and long-term problems. Therefore, we believe the election should be rescheduled,” the eight deans announced via a joint statement yesterday. In the statement, they called for a provisional government that wins acceptance from all sides, as it would be expected to solve problems, control the situation, and facilitate preparations for an election. The top chiefs of the eight medical schools also urged all sides to engage in talks in a bid to achieve reconciliation. They added that provocation, or the distribution of distorted information, and all forms 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 Thammasat University’s faculty of medicine; Dr Supasit Pannarunothai, dean of Naresuan University’s faculty of medicine; Dr Pisit Piriyapun, dean of Burapha University’s faculty of medicine; and Dr Surawich Tatetuwanan, dean of Rangsit University’s College of Medicine.