NMA decries arrests of on-duty doctors

- Post Report, Kathmandu
Urges the govt not to show any inhumane behaviour in the name of legal action

Jun 19, 2016-The Nepal Medical Association (NMA) has expressed its concern over the recent arrests of doctors from various parts of the country.

Issuing a press statement on Saturday, the umbrella organisation of doctors said police had showed intolerance towards the medical sector by arresting the on-duty doctors. The NMA claimed that police misused their authority by putting handcuff on the health professionals who were on duty. 

Condemning the CIB action, the NMA asks the government not to show any inhumane behaviour in the name of legal action, read the statement. “Some of them [doctors] were with patients, while others were at the intensive care units. Police shows up suddenly and arrests them,” said NMA President Dr Anjani Kumar Jha. “If they hold fake certificates, it should be investigated and the guilty should be booked. But working style of CIB is unacceptable.”

 Dr Jha said they are planning to meet Home Minister Shakti Basnet; Home Secretary Narayan Gopal Malego and IGP Upendra Kanta Aryal to draw their attention to the matter. More than a dozen medical doctors were arrested from Birgunj, Biratnagar, Chitwan and Nepalgunj by police teams deployed from the Central Investigation Bureau on Friday on suspicion of using fake academic credentials to study medical science or obtain professional licences. 


Medical services halted in protest

PARSA: Doctors in Birgunj halted medical services, except for emergency, on Saturday in protest of the arrests of nine doctors of the Narayani sub-regional hospital. 

The Narayani Doctors Association has announced an indefinite protest by halting medical services. Secretary of the association Dr Rajdev Kushwaha said they would send a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Health and Prime Minister’s Office. Around 150 doctors in Birgunj have halted their services at hospitals, nursing homes and clinics. There are around four dozen clinics in Birgunj. As a result, many patients are compelled go to Hetauda and Bharatpur for medical services.  (PR)

Published: 19-06-2016 08:21

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