Resignations by rural physicians protesting a cut in their hardship allowance will see the workload of remaining personal increase to the extent that they too might eventually quit their rural hospitals, the Rural Doctor Society warned on Thursday.
Community hospitals face being hit the hardest because doctors will be tempted to transfer to provincial hospitals where they sacrifice the minimal hardship allowance for an easier workload, according to Wattana Parisri, director of Somdej Phraupharajthabo Hospital and a member of the society.
Research by the National Health Security Office last year revealed there were 3,425 rural doctors stationed at community hospitals and 8,737 stationed at provincial hospitals.
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