Phuket hospital denies refusing treatment to injured British traveller

Phuket hospital denies refusing treatment to injured British traveller

PHUKET: The management of Phuket International Hospital (PIH) has denied reports that they refused treatment to a British national injured in a motorbike accident after the victim’s mother claimed they denied assistance until payment had been guaranteed by the insurance provider. The hospital held a press conference yesterday to clarify that even though the insurance company did not guarantee payment, Jacob Tonkin was provided medical care since the moment he was admitted to the hospital early Monday morning. Mr Tonkin’s mother, Jane, who lives in Cheshire, UK, spoke to several UK-based newspapers, including the Da

Friday, May 12, 2017 | 04:05 PM

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Patong transport operators protest reduction in taxi stands

Patong transport operators protest reduction in taxi stands

PHUKET: Patong public transport operators will continue to utilize 84 taxi stands for now until the Phuket Governor and Army 4 commander announce their final decision about the number of stands on the island. The public transport management committee had announced on May 18 that Patong was to see a 75 per cent reduction in taxi stands (from 84 to 21) effective June 1. A group of Patong taxi operators, led by Anan Pluemjit and Aroon Kruajan, gathered at Phuket Provincial Hall to meet with the public transport management committee yesterday morning. “We also submitted a letter to Phuket Governor Norraphat Plodthong, askin

Thursday, May 25, 2017 | 04:03 PM

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Phuket Gazette to stop print edition of newspaper locally, reorienting hard-copy production for wider market in The Nation

Phuket Gazette to stop print edition of newspaper locally, reorienting hard-copy production for wider market in The Nation

PHUKET: It's like Grandma’s little drinking problem. Everyone knows, but people don’t much talk about it. And so it goes with the publishers of hard-copy newspapers these days – worldwide. We know where print is headed, so the only real choices are whether to get out now or, say two years from now. We’ve opted for the former, meaning that the paper, launched 23 years ago in May 1994, will no longer be distributed as a standalone publication here, with effect from the end of this month. But readers will find a ‘Gazette Lite’ going out to a vastly larger audience as a Phuket-dedicated supplement in The Nation

Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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One hospitalized, another injured in early morning Phuket crash

One hospitalized, another injured in early morning Phuket crash

PHUKET: Two people were severely injured after their motorbike crashed into a pick-up truck on Patong Hill yesterday. A police car travelling behind the riders captured a video of the collision with a dash cam, which showed the motorbike speeding down the hill, crossing over into the oncoming traffic lane and colliding with the truck, which was travelling uphill toward Patong. The accident occurred at about 6:30am near the 'Patong City' sign. Kathu Police posted the video on their Facebook page. The crash victims were both ladyboys riding from Patong toward Phuket Town, Kathu Police officers told Phuket Gazette

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 03:45 PM

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PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PEA says electricity cables not to blame for overhead disgrace

PHUKET: Governor Norraphat Plodthong met with officials from the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) yesterday to discuss possible solutions to the messy overhead cables in Patong. The plan to bury the mess in Patong began two years ago, with a 230-million-baht project to cover the three kilometer stretch of Thaweewong Road (story here). After receiving a horde of complaints about the unsightly cables on Sawatdirak Road, PEA officials insisted, as is standard, that electricity cables are not to blame. “We finished burying our electricity cables at the beginning of this month. The wires you still see on the

Friday, May 26, 2017 | 05:10 PM

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Russian couple fined for sex in a Phuket tuk-tuk

Russian couple fined for sex in a Phuket tuk-tuk

PHUKET: Police have fined a Russian couple 500 baht each after a video clip of them appearing to have sex in the back of a tuk-tuk in Karon went viral. The 28-second clip was posted on Friday and shows a man and a woman moving suggestively in the tuk-tuk with the woman’s shirt lifted to expose her torso. Karon Police investigated and found the tuk-tuk driver who said he was hired to deliver the tourists to a hotel in Wichit. The driver said the two tourists were not having sex, but simply "rocking their bodies to the music" he was playing. Tourist police located the couple yesterday and fined them for conducting an indece

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 09:58 AM

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