Five doctors recommended for suspension

Kathmandu, February 20

The Department of Ayurveda has recommended suspension of four medical doctors and an ayurveda doctor to the Ministry of Health and Population as they have not reported to their offices for the past ten years.

According to Dr Basu Dev Upadhyay, director at the Department of Ayurveda, those recommended for suspension are Dr Dinesh Gyawali, Tripti Dhakal, Chiranjivi Bhattarai and Bom Bahadur Singh Nepali.

Earlier, the department had published a notice in Gorkhapatra Daily asking the four doctors to report to their respective offices within a month.

“Although we published a notice asking them to report to their respective offices within a month, they didn’t attend their offices. So we had no other choice but to recommend them for suspension,” said Dr Upadhyay.

Dr Upadhyay said all doctors were government staffers and it was learnt that they had migrated to foreign countries without informing the ministry. “There is a tendency among government staff to take study leave. Most of them go to foreign countries only after their leave is approved by the ministry,” Upadhyay said.

As per the Health Services Act, government staffers should be informed about suspension 90 days in advance. The vacant posts have already been filled.