PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket's international community

Patients robbed after thieves spike water with animal sedativeThe Nation / Phuket GazettePHUKET: "Watch out!" the Public Health Ministry is warning all hospital users nationwide, after the recent sedation of a number of patients at major Bangkok hospitals when they unwittingly ingested a dangerous drug.

Hospitals around the country have been urged to tighten security measures to prevent a gang of thieves suspected of having stolen patients' belongings - as well as the property of visiting relatives - after offering them "doctored" water that renders them unconscious.

The warning comes after the Medical Services Department (MSD) received a report from Ramathibodi Hospital that members of a gang had lured patients and their relatives in the outpatients' ward into drinking water that they were offering "as a gesture of hospitality".