Dr KC ends fast after 11-pt deal with govt

  • Hospitals resume OPD services as agitating doctors return to work
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Dr KC ends fast after 11-pt deal with govt

Apr 2, 2015-

Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopaedic of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, ended his hunger strike after 12 days on Thursday after the government agreed to address all his demands.

The deal on Thursday morning between government representatives—National Planning Commission Vice-chairman Govinda Pokhrel and Chief Secretary Leela Mani Paudyal—and Dr KC and Nepal Medical Association Chairman Dr Anjani Kumar saw thousands of agitating doctors return to work.

As per the deal, the government has agreed to stop the affiliation process until a new policy is formulated and a commission is formed in the next seven days under a former Appellate Court chief judge to investigate irregularities by TU, KU and NMC officials among others.

Breaking the fast, Dr KC credited the success to the support from people, calling on the government to implement the agreement that would set a milestone in the country’s medical sector. “I was forced to stage the protest for five times and the agreements made so far have always been violated. It means playing with the lives of 30 million people,” said Dr KC. “I hope this time will be different.”  

While the majority of the deals were finalised by the team on Wednesday night, Dr KC had been adamant that the TU officials should be sacked before he break the fast.

However, he was convinced on Thursday morning after a majority of doctors said that the high-level commission would initiate actions against TU officials and that his uncompromising stand will only prolong the crisis. The civil society members had also urged Dr KC to show flexibility to end the crisis as thousands of patients across the country have been suffering. “Only after we persistently mentioned the sufferings of patients that he relented to end the fast,” said one of the doctors involved in the talks.

Meanwhile, Nepal Medical Association, the umbrella organisation of medical doctors, has withdrawn its decision to shut Out Patient Department (OPD) services at all hospitals. Thousands of doctors stopped services across the country in support of Dr KC’s fight to rid of aberration and anomalies surrounding the country’s medical education. Following the end to the fast, Dr KC has been transferred to a hospital cabin where his condition is being monitored. The doctors have prepared a diet plan to bring him back to normal.

The agreements

1.    To halt affiliation process until a report of Kedar Bhakta Mathema-led team on medical education policy is implemented. Chancellor has written to TU to scrap its decision to relocate MBBS programme.

2.    To form a commission within a week under former Appeal Court chief judge to probe the matter.

3.    To table a Medical University Bill in Parliament in three months.

4.    To implement the medical education policy report submitted by the drafting committee.

5.    To reach political consensus for appointments at IoM, Nams, BPKIHS and NMC based on seniority and merit and make legal provisions in four months.

6.    To reassess the capacity of the existing medical colleges and give additional mandate to Mathema-led committee to de-affiliate those below par.

7.    To authorise the Mathema-led committee to set fees for medicine, nursing and paramedic courses through a scientific method. Also, ensure free education in post-graduate level.

8.    To make MD/MS/DM/MCH courses in state universities free from the 2072-73 academic session and set the fee structure at the private medical colleges as recommended by the committee.

9.    To formulate a policy to establish at least one government medical college in each of the five development regions in the next five years. To establish a new medical college in the Mid-western region in the next fiscal year.

10. To take legal steps to scrap the extended programme granted by the Kathmandu University and relocate students accordingly.

11. To forward issues other than those mentioned above to concerned ministries for consideration and implementation.

Published: 03-04-2015 08:36

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