Govt claims has begun implementing most recommendations of Mathema panel

KATHMANDU: The government has claimed that it has already begun implementing recommendations made by a high-level panel on Nepal’s medical education headed by Kedar Bhakta Mathema.

At a time when a senior orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, Dr Govinda KC, has been staging a fast-unto-death for the sixth time, spokesperson at the Ministry of Education, Hari Prasad Lamsal, said the government has begun procedures to implement 73 of 85 recommendations of the National Policy Report on Medical Education submitted by the eight-member panel.

Lamsal was speaking at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Monday.

There are some policy-level and legal challenges in addressing 12 other recommendations and the government is consulting stakeholders to implement them, he claimed.

“It is wrong to say that the government is doing nothing to implement the Madhema report and to address demands of Dr Govinda KC,” the official said, “The governing is taking initiatives and holding dialogues.”

A member of the panel, Dr Bhagawan Koirala, said they had recommended the government to decentralise medical colleges across the nation.

Speaking at the same function, Nepal Medical Association (NMA) Chairman Dr Anjani Kumar Jha said the government needed to ensure fulfilling concerns raised by both Dr KC and private medical operators.

“The issue can be settled within two hours,” he claimed.

Nepalgunj Medical College Chairperson, Dr SK Kanaudiya, however, claimed that the private medical colleges cannot run their business if the government implements all recommendations made by the Mathema panel.