Corruption allegations deepen

8 10 2009

PPT posted recently on the Ministry of Public Health scandal and the fact that the Rural Doctors Society were going to be formidable critics.

It seems that the Society has already named names (Bangkok Post, 8 October 2009: “Five coalition MPs named in medical scam”). The doctors reportedly accused “five government MPs and three public health officials of corruption in connection with the purchase of medical equipment and other supplies.”

The names of five Democrat and Bhum Jai Thai Party politicians and three officials were given to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. This places a considerable burden on the premier as it will be difficult for him to avoid scrutiny of his own claims regarding corruption and ministerial responsibility although the Society was not confident that the evidence would be sufficient.

But their lack of confidence seems to fly in the face of the ease with which the corruption has been uncovered. Even the MOPH claims that it has found evidence of “irregularities in the purchase of six medical equipment projects…”.

Public Health Minister Witthaya Kaewparadai should be in trouble but appears to be continuing to direct investigations into what is apparently widespread corruption.

This case will be  a serious test for Abhisit and his government.



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