Regulations on community-public health profession: Promulgated in the Royal Gazette they prescribe the criteria of community-public health practitioners, basic health assessments, and basic treatments.
On 21 July 2020, the Royal Gazette made announcements on three legislation related to community-public health professions. Firstly, the Public Health Ministry’s Regulation on Basic Treatment Limitations of B.E. 2563 stipulates that community-public health practitioners must hold a valid license of community-public health profession. They cannot practice in events that their license is suspended/revoked or expires. Practitioners of community-public health must provide basic treatments in accordance with the Council of Community-Public Health’s regulation on limitations and conditions of practice as well as professional standards.
Secondly, the Council of Community-Public Health’s Regulation on Criteria and Conditions of Basic Health Assessments, Basic Treatments, Patient Care, Immunization, and Family Planning of B.E. 2563 specifies which diseases community-public health practitioners can assess and provide treatments for. Among them are high fever, stomachache, malnutrition, skin problems, oral ulcers, resuscitation, and emergency child deliveries.
Thirdly, the Council of Community-Public Health’s Regulation on Criteria and Conditions of Basic Health Assessments for Patient Referrals of B.E. 2563 requires that community-public health practitioners refer patients to better-equipped facilities and inform them/their relatives of the referral plan if basic treatments given fail to ease their symptoms.