Hold decisive talks with Dr KC, NMA tells govt

Kathmandu, August 4

Nepal Medical Association today warned the government that it would be compelled to take stern steps if decisive talks were not held with Dr Govinda KC.

Dr KC, a senior orthopaedic surgeon of the TU Teaching Hospital, has been on a fast-unto-death for the past 12 days. He had begun his 11th hunger strike on July 24, putting forth a seven-point demand ‘for reforms in the health and medical education sectors’. Dr KC has been demanding passage of the Medical Education Bill incorporating recommendations of the Kedar Bhakta Mathema-led committee.

“It is unfortunate that the concerned authorities have not shown seriousness towards ending Dr KC’s hunger strike. If the government fails to hold decisive talks with the agitating doctor at the earliest, NMA will take stern steps to protect his life,” stated a press release issued by the umbrella organisation of medical and dental doctors in Nepal.

NMA has also appealed to all private and government hospitals, and health institutions to stay ready to participate in ‘Save Dr KC Campaign’.

“Concerned agencies would be responsible for any consequence or inconvenience to the general public that may arise from NMA’s steps,” warned the release.

Meanwhile, doctors attending to Dr KC said his health was deteriorating with each passing day. The government has already held five rounds of talks with a team representing Dr KC. Residents doctors have been boycotting teaching-learning activities at IoM for the past three days to press the government to fulfil his demands.