Junior doctors halt OPD services at BPKIHS

- Ekantipur Report, DHARAN
Junior doctors halt OPD services at BPKIHS

May 20, 2014-

Junior doctors at the B.P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences (BPKIHS) have halted services at the Out Patient Department (OPD) after a failed dialogue with the management on Tuesday.

The OPD services at the Hospital have been affected due to the agitating doctors' protest. The talks over increasing quota in clinical stream of the post graduate level failed as both the sides stuck to their guns.

Junior Welfare Resident Society, a common forum of Master-level doctor students at BPKIHS, has been protesting the Institute's decision to slash scholarship quota in clinical programs including MD, MS and MDAS. Society's Chairman Dr. Santosh Dhungana said it was difficult for the poor students to arrange Rs. 4.5 million for completing the Masters degree, adding that they demanded to increase scholarship quota for the same.

Vice Chancellor of BPKIHS, Dr. Balbhadra Das, challenged that the Institute was willing to increase scholarship quota in the clinical stream from 33% to 40% if the students expressed commitment to work for three years either in some districts or the Institute itself under the salary and allowances provided by the Nepal government.

He expressed dissatisfaction saying that most of the doctors who studied under government scholarship later went abroad or worked at private nursing homes for earning quick money.


Published: 20-05-2014 17:08

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