KC warns to begin fast-unto-death

  • Health Profession Education Policy
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 30, 2015-

Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopaedic surgeon at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), on Thursday warned to begin another round of fast-unto-death from August 22 if government remains non-committal on past agreements.

Speaking at a press meet at TUTH, Dr KC focused on government’s deceit in not making the Health Profession Education Policy.

“This clearly shows the intention of the government. Even a month after submission of the report, it has not been released. So we are really not assured if that will be implemented,” said Dr KC. “It is a ploy to bring down all the achievements of the past.”

Alleging the government of serving the interest of ‘medical mafias’, Dr KC said he will wait for a week before beginning his hunger-strike.

A week back, Dr KC had made similar warning asking the government to make the Mathema-committee report public. The Kedar Bhakta Mathema-led committee had submitted the report to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on June 29. The committee has made a slew of recommendations, including establishing medical colleges only outside Kathmandu Valley, setting the MBBS fee ceiling to Rs3.5 million, limiting the number of students to be admitted to 100.

Dr KC has also demanded the government to fill vacant posts based on seniority and merit instead of political affiliations and end the crisis at Janaki Medical College in Janakpur. He has already staged five fast-unto-deaths demanding an end to political meddling and reforms in medical education.

Published: 31-07-2015 07:51

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