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**Dr. Rienthong Nanna Exposes Thai Employer’s Negligence in Migrant Worker Injury Case**

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When Mongkutwattana Hospital was asked to shoulder the treatment costs for a severely injured worker, it wasn’t a decision taken lightly. According to the hospital’s director, the situation escalated after the employer flatly refused to cover the expenses.

The Department of Employment swiftly responded by lodging a police complaint against the Thai employer. The worker in question was a migrant who had come into the country illegally, which compounded the already tense situation. This revelation surfaced when Maj Gen Dr. Rienthong Nanna, the esteemed director of Mongkutwattana Hospital, took to his Facebook page to shine a light on the injustice and to coax the employer into taking responsibility.

In his compelling post, Dr. Rienthong shared a harrowing account of a migrant worker brought to their hospital, gravely injured. A sharp object had pierced through the worker’s left rib and diaphragm, coming dangerously close to the heart. It was a critical situation that demanded immediate and costly medical intervention.

However, in a shocking twist, the employer flat out refused to foot the medical bill, arguing it was not his responsibility since the injured worker was an illegal migrant. The callous disregard for the worker’s life and the shifting of responsibility to the hospital drew widespread condemnation. According to Dr. Rienthong, this act of willful negligence was appalling.

Enter Somchai Morakotsriwan, the vigilant director-general of the Department of Employment. He weighed in on the matter, underscoring that the employer’s actions amounted to a blatant violation of the Immigration Act. This particular section explicitly prohibits employing migrant workers without proper work permits, adding another layer of illegality to the employer’s actions.

Thung Song Hong police are now actively gathering evidence to mount a robust case against the employer. It’s a tale where law, empathy, and responsibility intersect, reminding us all of the human cost of negligence and the imperative to uphold justice, regardless of one’s legal status.

The ripple effects of this story extend beyond the courtroom. It has sparked a critical dialogue about the treatment of migrant workers and the responsibilities employers owe them. At its heart, it is a plea for humanity and fairness in situations where both can sometimes be in short supply.


  1. Sara J July 6, 2024

    It’s outrageous that the employer thinks they can just evade responsibility because the worker is an illegal immigrant!

    • Tommy July 6, 2024

      But the worker was illegal. Why should the employer have to pay if the worker shouldn’t have been there in the first place?

      • Emma R. July 6, 2024

        Because basic human decency should trump technicalities! You can’t just let someone die because they don’t have the right papers!

      • Sara J July 6, 2024

        Exactly, Emma! The employer hired the worker knowing their status. It’s his responsibility to ensure their safety.

    • Linda G July 6, 2024

      Sara, don’t forget that the migrant worker already contributed labor. That alone should warrant some responsibility from the employer.

  2. grower134 July 6, 2024

    Can we appreciate Dr. Rienthong for stepping up where the employer failed? True hero.

    • John D July 6, 2024

      Indeed, but it’s a sad state of affairs that doctors have to handle what should be legal and employer responsibilities.

  3. Larry Davis July 6, 2024

    The law must be enforced strictly. Illegal migration opens Pandora’s box for such complications.

    • Sue L. July 6, 2024

      But wouldn’t you agree that healthcare is a basic human right, regardless of status?

      • Larry Davis July 6, 2024

        Healthcare is a right, yes. But it should be addressed systematically, not by shifting burdens onto those not equipped to handle them.

  4. Annie M July 6, 2024

    I can’t believe people are defending the employer. If you hire someone, legal or not, you’re responsible for them.

    • Peter F July 6, 2024

      Exactly, Annie. The employer is exploiting illegal labor but doesn’t want the accountability that comes with it.

  5. Mark Weber July 6, 2024

    The bigger issue here is the systemic exploitation of migrant workers. This is just one symptom of a larger problem.

    • Helen B July 6, 2024

      Well said, Mark. We need broader reform to address these issues, not just individual blame games.

    • Mark July 6, 2024

      Thanks, Helen. The focus should be on creating systems where such negligence isn’t possible.

  6. Joe July 6, 2024

    This case should teach other employers a lesson. You can’t exploit people and get away with it.

  7. Hannah T July 6, 2024

    If the police do their job right, the employer will face consequences. Let’s hope justice prevails.

  8. Elena July 6, 2024

    Isn’t it ironic how illegal workers are good enough to labor for these employers but not good enough to be cared for when injured?

    • Mason July 6, 2024

      Pure hypocrisy! Employers like these should be blacklisted.

    • Elena July 6, 2024

      Absolutely, Mason. We need better regulations to prevent this kind of exploitation.

  9. Ray C. July 6, 2024

    Hopefully, other employers will take note and think twice before hiring illegal migrants. It’s a risk on all fronts.

  10. Katie July 6, 2024

    Dr. Rienthong’s actions show real compassion. We need more people like him in this world.

    • Tom July 6, 2024

      Compassionate, yes. But we also need systemic solutions, not just individual heroics.

  11. Lisa July 6, 2024

    The employer should face maximum legal penalties. No one should get away with such blatant negligence.

  12. Harold W July 6, 2024

    A society is judged by how it treats its weakest members. This employer failed that test miserably.

  13. Nina July 6, 2024

    It’s essential to address the root causes of illegal migration too. Why are these workers coming here in the first place?

    • Jorge July 6, 2024

      Economic disparity drives people to desperate measures. No one wants to leave their home unless they have to.

  14. Patrick O. July 6, 2024

    I hope this case sets a precedent. Employers can’t just wash their hands of responsibility.

    • Kelly R July 6, 2024

      That would be ideal, Patrick. Accountability is key in preventing future cases like this.

    • Patrick O. July 6, 2024

      Yes, and continuous monitoring and strict enforcement will be necessary to make it stick.

  15. Grower_Pete July 6, 2024

    We need both human compassion and strict law enforcement to handle such situations correctly.

  16. Zoe K. July 6, 2024

    It’s a tragic situation exacerbated by employer greed and negligence. Very disheartening.

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