Govt unveils health edu policy report

  • med school reforms
- Manish Gautam, Kathmandu

Aug 4, 2015-

The government made public the report on Health Profession Education Policy on Tuesday, more than a month after its submission by the committee led by Kedar Bhakta Mathema, the former vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University.  

The government had been facing criticisms from various quarters for not unveiling the report for a long time. It has been finally released, but its implementation will still have to wait.

 A statement was released by the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers which mentioned that a committee, chaired by National Planning Commission member Dr Yagya Bahadur Karki, have been commissioned to develop an action plan for policy implementation after putting the report for discussion among concerned stakeholders within next 30 days.

Members of the Mathema committee have welcomed the government’s decision to put the report for discussion. However, they are also wary that extending the implementation could invite complexities.

“The report had been with the cabinet committee for several weeks and additional delay would hinder its implementation,” said Dr Bhagwan Koirala, one of the committee members. “The report has been prepared with a lot of deliberations and the government should now focus more on the implementation part.”

Another committee member Dr Arjun Karki said the government should earnestly consider implementation of the report if it thinks it is for the larger benefit of the public.

One of the important suggestions of the report is the decentralisation of medical schools outside Kathmandu Valley. To that end, the report mentions that no permission or Letter of Intent shall be granted to establish medical schools inside the Valley. The report has recommended the government to promote new medical schools outside the Capital in “small towns and new settlements”.

Concerning to the existing colleges that are awaiting affiliation from universities to run medical classes, the report suggests either moving them out of the Valley or hand them over to the government.

Apart from the affiliation issue, the report has also put a tuition ceiling of Rs 3.5 million for MBBS course and up to Rs 4 million for post-graduate education.

 

Published: 05-08-2015 08:19

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