Healthcare budget hit

The growing elderly population is putting pressure on the universal healthcare scheme, forcing officials to seek fresh funding. The National Health Security Office, which operates the scheme, has submitted a Bt164-billion budget request for the next fiscal year but ended up getting just Bt151 billion. “We ...

New law would reprieve political offenders

The National Legislative Assembly plans to propose a draft law to the government offering a penalty reprieved for those who committed politically-motivated criminal offences as part of the unity-building process. NLA vice- president Pirasak Porcit said the 33 section bill is being reviewed by the ...

Prayut rejects elections campaigns in current environment, leaving door open to delay

While not ruling out a postponement of the general election until next year, after a member of the National Legislative Assembly raised doubts about the issue, Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said on January 4 the current atmosphere was not suitable for election campaigns. “As you ...

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