Govt, NMA talks inconclusive; docs to continue protest

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 25, 2017-

The talks between government officials and representatives of agitating Nepal Medical Association (NMA) held at Health Ministry in Kathmandu on Monday ended inconclusively.

The talks failed to make headway after the Health Ministry officials could not agree to the demands put forth by the agitating doctors.

According to NMA President Muktiram Shrestha, doctors will continue their protests until their demands are met.

“We have decided to continue shutting down all the medical services across country except emergency,” said a statement issued by NMA today.

The NMA has said in its statement that the emergency meeting of Cabinet held today regarding doctors’ protest has urged the agitating sides to call off their strike without making any commitment towards addressing the demands raised by the doctors.

Terming the Cabinet’s statement as ‘irresponsible’, the NMA has taken exception to the government move.

The doctors are protesting against the Cabinet decision of September 18 that had proposed a law which requires the attending physician to pay compensation for harms on patients if investigations reveal the doctor’s negligence in the treatment process.

The doctors have halted OPD services in all hospitals nationwide as a part of their protest programmes. They also picketed Health Ministry from early Monday morning.

Published: 25-09-2017 17:03

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