Nurses apologise for photo with slain officer
The Nation October 31, 2013 1:00 am
Three nurses at Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Hospital yesterday apologised to the public for an inappropriate photograph taken in the hospital’s intensive-care unit.
Two of the nurses are seen flashing a “victory” sign in front of the body of Pol Sgt Nimit Deewong, who was killed along with two fellow bomb-squad officers in a blast in Narathiwat on Monday.
After the photo was circulated on social media from Tuesday night, the nurses’ action came in for heavy public criticism as being inappropriate, insensitive and unethical.
On Monday morning, deputy squad leader Pol Sub Lt Chaen Warongpaisith and squad members Pol Sub Lt Jaroon Mekruang and Pol Sgt Nimit Deewong were killed in the blast while examining another device next to Phetkasem Road. Pol Sub Lt Chaen Warongpaisith (pictured) received several awards for his work, including the Outstanding Police Officer Award from the Royal Thai Police in 2009.
Hospital director Chatchai Srinamwong confirmed that the photo was taken at the hospital and said an initial probe deemed the nurses’ action to have violated the patient’s rights. Hence they were guilty of professional misconduct. Insisting that the hospital staff were committed to their work, he said the nurses’ action stemmed from a lack of awareness of the situation.
Nurse Patsaroh Rodomasae, whose face was captured, said she had no intention of offending anyone, while nurse Nosira Doloh, whose hand gesture was captured, said they meant no offence but were merely trying to signify that they would “fight” by continuing to work in the region. Another nurse, Norisa Jehlae, who took the photo, said she was sorry and asked for forgiveness.