Dr KC postpones protest

  • Government pledges to implement past agreements
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 13, 2015-

Senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) Dr Govinda Koirala has postponed his plan to stage another round of fast-unto-death for two weeks.

Dr KC took the decision after a team led by Govinda Pokhrel, vice-chairman of National Planning Commission, assured that they are developing an action plan for implementing the Health Profession Education Policy (HPEP) prepared by the Kedar Bhakta Mathema-led committee.

Also present in the meeting were NPC member Yagya Bahadur Karki and finance, health and education secretaries.Pokhrel said they updated Dr KC on the recent development and tasks done by the committee mandated to develop an action plan on HPEP.

He said many demands including the initiation of free post-graduate course have already begun while the government has also decided to establish a medical school in the Western Region. “The government is committed to fulfil his demands,” said Pokhrel.

It was following the hunger-strike of Dr KC that the government tasked Ministry of Health and Population to make plans to provide free medical post-graduate study.

Dr KC said if the report is not implemented he will begin his strike from August 24.

Dr KC was all set to resort to his sixth round of hunger strike this afternoon demanding implementation of past agreements made to bring reforms in medical education.

This time around, the major demand of Dr KC has been the implementation of Mathema-led committee that had submitted HPEP to Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on June 29, making a slew of recommendations, including establishing medical colleges only outside Kathmandu Valley, setting the MBBS fee ceiling to Rs 3.5 million and limiting the numbers of students to be admitted to 100, among others.

Published: 13-08-2015 12:34

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