Bir Hospital row on; panel yet to submit report

KATHMANDU: The conflict at the Bir Hospital, which surfaced after resident doctors padlocked the vice-chancellor’s office two months ago, is still on.

The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has extended the term of an ad-hoc committee, formed to look into the matter, twice.

The panel had been formed to look into an alleged failure of officials of the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS) in carrying out

their duties.

Bhabindra Karki, the

press advisor to the health minister, today said that

the study team is stll investigating the case and will submit its report by Monday.

“The ministry is holding frequent discussions with representative of Bir Hospital and is trying to find a way out,” Karki said, adding that there are irregularities in the work of the NAMS.

He further said the three major political parties are also holding discussions on the division of power at the NAMS. Talking to The Himalayan Times, Karki said the parties are trying to forge a consensus.

Owing to the delay on part of the study team to submit its report, the fourth-quarter budget has also been held.

Dr Praveen Mishra, the helath ministry’s secretary, said the team is almost done with the probe and is submitting their report by Monday.

The three-member working committee was formed under the leadership of Health Minister Uma Kanta Chaudhary and as per the NAMS Act 2007. The panel formed one-and-a-half months ago was given 15 days to submit its report. Dr Chop Lal Bhusal and Thirtha Raj Burlakoti are members of the committee.

Prime Minister Madav Kumar Nepal had directed the formation of the committee after one-fourth of the employees of NAMS filed a written complain against the VC and the registrar of NAMS.