Panel likely to recommend against med university

- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Jun 4, 2014-

An expert committee formed to study whether the country needs a separate medical university, as demanded by Dr Govinda KC of TU Teaching Hospital, is likely to recommend against it.

The committee, in its draft report, has said since two universities and four health science academies are already producing doctors, it cannot be said that lack of separate medical university has affected production of doctors in the country.

Dr Adhikari Ramesh Kanta Adhikari, the committee chairman and the former IoM dean, said they are currently discussing the report. He added that a majority of the committee members believe that forming a separate medical university will not resolve the problem.

“There is, however, a common agreement on giving IoM the maximum autonomy on resources, so that it could function on its own. The government should assign someone to study on the issue,” said Dr Adhikari.

The report also says the government has failed to regulate private medical institutions which have inflated the health care cost, and medical education has gone beyond the reach of the poor.

Published: 05-06-2014 08:46

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