Doctors' protest cripples hospital

KATHMANDU: Post-graduate students of National Academy of Medical Sciences affiliated with Residents' Association of NAMS have halted their service for the last two days putting forth their nine-point demand.

Dr Dhruba Gaire, president of the struggle committee, accused NAMS of not being serious about their demand as it has been directly related to the welfare of patients. They have demanded Rs 6,000 hike in their monthly salary. Dr Rajan Pandey, a struggle committee member, said NAMS had been providing them only Rs 250 as night allowance, which they want to be hiked to Rs 1000.

"We are not even provided free treatment as doctors of the hospital," said Pandey. Citing that X-Ray and ECG machines in the hospital were out of order, he said the hospital should possess machines in working condition.

The doctors have halted their regular services causing the hospital to stop admitting new patients and to cancel scheduled operation dates.