Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha hit back at the Federation of Nursing Profession and some nurses for rejecting the government's plan to upgrade the status of nurses to that of civil servants within three years.
What shall I do? Do they want all the nurses to be upgraded in one shot? Where the money will come from to have all nurses upgraded? asked the prime minister who appeared to be disturbed by the opposition to the government's plan.
The cabinet on Tuesday agreed to a three-year plan to absorb all about 11,000 nurses into government service as civil servants � 2,200 nurses for the first year and 2,900 nurses for the second and third years.
The prime minister said that the government had to take into consideration of employees working in other ministries who also aspire to have their status upgraded, and not only the nurses.
He maintained that the government could not meet all the demands of the nurses. He also warned that if disgruntled nurses continue to oppose the government's plan, all the nurses might not be upgraded in their status at all.
The prime minister insisted that the government had done its best to cater to the demand of the nurses. He went on saying that the private sector should share the responsibility of training nurses.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)