A probe has been launched into the actions of Dr. Charnchai Chanvorachaikul, Director of Khon Kaen Hospital, following allegations that he demanded a 5 percent commission from pharmaceutical companies.
The allegations came to light following an anonymous letter sent to the Permanent Secretary for Public Health, Sukhum Kanchanapimai informing him about the kickbacks.
On Friday, Dr. Chanvorachaikul was transferred from his position while an investigation and fact-finding mission take place.
The doctor reported to the Public Health Ministry and denied all claims, saying he had not demanded commission fees and insisted all donations to the hospital development fund were made voluntarily.
His firm stance against the claims has led to reports that Dr. Chanvorachaikul is considering suing the Public Health Permanent Secretary for malfeasance as he is concerned he will not receive an impartial investigation.
The Director of Prapokklao Hospital in Chanthaburi province, Dr. Kriangsak Watcharanukulkiat, has taken his position as an acting Director at Khon Kaen Hospital.
It is alleged that Dr. Watcharanukulkiat is the one who sent the anonymous letter containing the accusations – something that he has vehemently denied.
The Public Health Minister promised a fair investigation, saying:
“Fair treatment is the most important thing and, as the public health minister, I will not cross the line. I will adhere to the law and regulations. No one can mistreat Dr, Charnchai if he did nothing wrong.”
Source: Bangkok Post