Dr KC threatens to resume strike

Kathmandu, September 8

Dr Govinda KC, who ended his sixth fast-unto-death on Sunday after inking an 11-point deal with the government, warned today that he would resume his hunger strike for the seventh time if agreements reached with him so far are not implemented by September 11.

Issuing a press statement today, Dr KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj said, “The government had pledged to get the recent 11-point agreement endorsed by the first cabinet meeting after the signing of the deal. But the agreement was not endorsed by yesterday’s Cabinet meeting.”

He added, “If the government fails to implement the issues related to MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery seats and forms Medical Education Commission in line with the 11-point deal by Thursday, I will resume my fast-unto-death from Friday.”

Dr KC had called off his sixth hunger strike on the 14th day after concluding a deal with a government team co-led by Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi and National Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Dr Govind Raj Pokharel.

The Cabinet meeting had directed its Social Committee to discuss formation of Medical Education Commission with stakeholders as per the agreement with Dr KC.