2010 Thaksin's Terrorism
Proof of Cruelty
From the Hearts of Two Doctors at Chulalongkorn Hospital
( Last edit 2010-05-04 )
By Prasert Trivijitsilp
Incidences at Chulalongkorn University and at Chulalongkorn Hospital, A Long Series of Intimidation.
The impacts of recent disturbances (April-May 2010's red-shirt rallies) to the university staff and students are cancellation of classes, seminars, meetings, and examinations. For weeks, accesses to Chulalongkorn Hospital on Rajadamri road has been obstructed, including entry to the emergency department.
Safety and comfort of the staff, patients and their relatives have been disregarded. Patients and visitors in the wards along Rajdamri road have been disturbed days and nights by all sorts of scary loud noises from the nextdoor rally camps, i.e. 24-hour broadcasting speeches, cheering, booing, sporadic explosions and gunshots.
Following M-79 explosive shots targetting Silom-Saladaeng on April 22, 2010, it has become unsafe for patients and families to travel in and out of the hospital after dark, as well as after-hours staff who normally leave the hospital no earlier than 8-9 pm.
We had to postpone all the schedules for all out-patients and surgical appointments, including cancer patients coming in for chemotherapy.
[Ronayos's comments: Follow up forensic science examinations show that out of five fatal M-79 grenades, some were launched from the 8th floor of HM the Queen building and some from the red-shirt rally camp around King Rama VI statue.]
Chulalongkorn hospital requested the protesters to allow full access to the emergency department by moving back from the hospital's gate to the corner of Rajadamri Road, or moving away to Sarasin intersection but the protesters have been ignorant, thinking only of their own expediency, even though there was plenty of remaining space for the protesters.
The protesters can enter and exit Chulalongkorn Hospital at will. They use the restrooms and rest areas. When they become sick, they ask for medical care, which we provide willingly. Yet, some staff have been intimidated and threatened by the protesters for money.
On the night of April 26, 2010 without any qualms, a group of armed protesters stormed into the HM the Queen building to capture associate professor doctor Tulya.(A civillian who stands up and declare himself as an opponent to the red-shirt illegal movements. Fortunately, they failed to capture him.)
On April 27, 2010 the after-hours outpatient clinics had to be closed, affecting both walk-in outpatients and scheduled surgery patients.
At night fall of April 27, 2010, suspecting that there were officers on the hospital premises, the protesters barged into the emergency department. It was frightening to face a group of violent intruders with such threatening looks. The hospital decided to suspend all outpatient service and surgery. So, now the impact became widespread; it was close to shutting down the hospital.
On April 28, 2010 given an intolerable level of scary noises buildup, all in-patients in HM the King and HM the Queen Buildings, as well as those in Wachirayan Building (where the Supreme Patriarch has been admitted) were relocated to another building on Henri Dunant Road (opposite side of the hospital far away from the rally camp).
Imagine yourself as an ICU patient being connected to a breathing tube, or a post-operative, or an infant with breathing difficulties being transported under these circumstances. The protesters did not care for these patients who do not belong to their families.
Knowingly that they were committing crimes, they were paranoid that Chulalongkorn would lend a hand with officers to crackdown their rallies.
During the night of April 29, 2010, Payap Panket (May we put a banner of his name in front of the hospital?), a red-shirt leader, led a group of protesters and some news reporters, trespassing into the hospital, insisting on conducting a search of the hospital.
I was not at the scene, but learned that they forced the administrator to let them enter and conduct a search. They derogatorily raged at the staff. Initially, they promised that only a few would enter the building, but in fact, a hundred of them actually stormed in. They said that they would search only HM the King building and HM the Queen building (which have special significance to us staff), but actually they wandered all over the hospital after they failed to find any hiding police or soldiers in the first two buildings. Eventually, they threatened to come back.
Being concerned with safety of the patients, their families, students, nurses, physicians and staff, the hospital administrator decided to suspend all of the hospital functions.
As for patients who had been relocated two days ago, we discharged those who were well enough to go home. Those who still need to be hospitalized are to be transferred to Siriraj, Rajvithi or other hospitals that can accommodate them. The only exceptions are ICU patients who cannot be moved. Practically, Chulalongkorn hospital shut itself down.
With common sense, even at war, soldiers spare hospitals and medical staff. But the red-shirts don't. What's wrong with them being so ignorant.
How can our country possibly pull through?
May all the divine forces save Chulalongkorn.
Associate Professor Prasert Trivijitsilp, M.D.
Thephotosurgeon's view, Another Chula Doctor's Witnessing The Incidences
I work at Chulalongkorn Hospital. I would like to explain as follows.
1. Why Chulalonglorn Hospital moved the in-patients out of the buildings on Rajdamri road (to the building on the opposite side, on Henri Dunant Road, furthest away from the rally camp) was because there were LPG gas tanks along the walls of tyres which the hospital administrators had verified. Because a lot of patients cannot escape the fire by themselves, as soon as they realized the potential of either accidental or intentional, explosion or arson with such highly flammable gas, the exodus commenced.
2. I was in the hospital when Payap stormed in to search HM the Queen buildings. The emergency department was still operational. Apart from other intruders of HM the Queen buildings, there are others wandering all over the hospital. They entered the emergency department. A lady doctor was rudely yelled at. Eventually, the emergency department officers moved all the patients to another building (Jongkolnee building).
3. The idea of transferring all patients to other hospitals had never been in our minds because we believed that hospital was safe.
4. Why we had to evacuate was because the threats post to the hospital and staff. Payap said he would return to seach every storey and probably every building. The core leaders cannot control their ralliers not to menace hospital staff. Most of the patients and the relatives knew about the situations, from blaze abroad, the media and alarming gestures of the staff. Following such behaviours of the ralliers, nobody was sure whether our patients or even doctors, nurses and other staff would be safe.
5. There have been no military force in Chulalongkorn hospital. The ralliers have been continually camping along Rajdamri road from the begining. If there were a mobilizing of a lot of military force in, anyone if not blind, would have seen. If the soldiers had sneaked out, before ralliers searched, they would have been detected. The military had offerred the troops to look after the security which the hospital administrator had refused because the fear of infringement of the international red cross conventions. All of the photos claimed by the red-shirts that there were soldiers in Chulalongkorn hospital, were all taken outside of the hospital. Some news media have elaborated on this.
6. Opening a single lane on Rajdamri road but keep a checkpoint for searching all cars entering the hospital, is still a violation of the rights of the staff and petients of the hospital. Who would guarantee the safety of the people who are subjected for searching?
7. Red shirts core leaders lied about negotiation with the hospital administrator. There have been no negotiation, until now. The administrator waits to talk with the core leaders at the hospital and occasionally talked on the phone. They said they would come but eventually they never did. There is no need for the suffering to walk to the stage to negotiate with the core leaders of UDD. Even at Chulalongkorn hospital, we are badly menaced like appeared in the news. If we go to their stage, how bad would it be?
8. Please retreat and keep away from the hospital's fence, for the patients' sake, for the staff's sake and for their red-shirts' own sake. If there are any injuries, Chulalongkorn hospital is the nearest hospital with the highest competency in the area. We insist that we are ready to take care of the patients of all parties.