Police Hospital Senior Doctor Says Thaksin’s Health Still a Concern

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Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was still being treated in hospital over the weekend and a senior doctor said his condition remained a concern, three days after his historic return from self-exile.

The 74-year-old Thaksin was hospitalized after suffering chest tightness and high blood pressure on the first night in prison, where he has been ordered to serve 8 years for conflicts of interest and abuse of power.

Soponrat Singhajaru, a senior doctor at Bangkok’s police hospital, told reporters that the former premier was coughing, adding that “from the lung X-rays, heart and lung specialists are still worried.” He declined to elaborate due to patient confidentiality.

Thaksin arrived on Tuesday (22 Aug) before being taken to a court, a prison, and a hospital hours later, on the same day that Srettha Thavisin of the Pheu Thai Party was named Thailand’s 30th Prime Minister.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.