Govt doctors ink deal with MoHP, protest called off

Kathmandu, January 14

Government Doctors’ Association Nepal and Ministry of Health and Population have reached an agreement today.

As per the agreement signed between the talks committee formed by the Ministry of Health and Population and Government Doctors’ Association Nepal, the ministry will take initiative to include the provision for making health officers eligible to compete for the post of secretary in the Federal Civil Service Bill.

The agreement also states that MoHP will urge the Ministry for Federal Affairs and General Administration to make necessary arrangements to ensure that doctors and officer level health workers, who were appointed by the Public Service Commission, are mobilised by the federal government.

In the same way, all the academies of health sciences will be managed by introducing an umbrella Act and the hospitals run under these academies will be brought under the Ministry of Health and Population.

MoHP has also agreed to take initiative to implement the concept of ‘one doctor one health institution’ with the provision of extended health services and non-practice allowance at all the government hospitals.

After the deal, GODAN has taken back all its protest programmes. Government doctors had halted health services for an hour from January 7 demanding amendment of the Employees Adjustment Ordinance.