Bir Hospital doctors back to work

Kathmandu, June 13:

Agitating resident doctors of National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) in Bir Hospital resumed work today. Services in the hospital were affected after the doctors refused to work from Sunday.

“We have suspended the strike till the next senate is held,” said Dr Surendra Shrestha, spokesperson of the Resident Association of NAMS. He said they would halt work again if their demands were not met in the next senate meeting.

According to him, the first senate of the newly-appointed administrators of the academy scheduled to be held on June 4 could take place only on June 7.

“As the senate could not address our demands, we were compelled to go on the strike,” he said.

The management, in talks held today, assured the doctors of an academic council to consider their demands. The demands include appointment of faculties in the academy, establishment of libraries with adequate books and internet facilities in hospitals affiliated with the NAMS and allowances and quarters for the resident doctors.

“We have been assured that the management will take initiatives to acquire medical equipment for the hospital,” he said.

The hospital management has also agreed to form a service commission to recruit faculty members in the academy. Till date, hospital doctors have been giving classes to the resident doctors.