Doctors threaten to stop services from August 17

  • Criminal code-2074
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 14, 2018-

The Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has taken a serious exception to the Criminal Code-2074, saying the law is against the agreement reached between the government and the umbrella body of Nepali doctors.

The NMA has demanded the government amend the Criminal Code-2074 that is coming into force on August 17. They have warned of halting their services and handing over medical licence to the council from August 17.

At a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday, the NMA said the provisions in the code classify the doctors as criminal in case of death of a patient during the course of treatment.  

The NMA said the provisions amount to label the services being rendered by health workers as crime and this has discouraged the doctors from doing their work effectively. In a statement on Monday, the NMA expressed its displeasure at the government’s move to enact such controversial law without considering the sensitivity of technical issues and against the internal standards.

General Secretary DR Lochan Karki said the NMA is firmly committed to its view that anyone involved in criminal activities should be punished. “Doctors are not god. They can only treat the patients with the best of their capacity,” the NMA said in the statement, while demanding the government address this sensitive issue by amending the controversial law at the earliest. (PR)

Published: 14-08-2018 08:15

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