Lawmakers to consult Dr KC on Medical Education Bill

KATHMANDU: The education and health committee under the House of Representatives (HoR) is to hold discussions with Dr Govinda KC and other stakeholders on National Medical Education Bill- 2018.

A meeting of the committee held today decided to hold discussions with the Mathema Commission officials, Dr KC, Nepal Medical Council office bearers and stakeholders concerned about the bill, as stated by committee's senior most member Man Bahadur Bishwakarma.

Prior to this, Minister for Education, Science and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, in his response to the queries of lower house lawmakers during the theoretical discussions on the document, pledged to ensure access of indigents to medical education through the implementation of special provisions.

"The bill will give much focus on maintaining quality in the education and health sectors. The issue of guaranteeing justice to socially excluded community will be established, we should not move back regarding the matters of socialism-oriented system and inclusion and a collective understanding is needed among us on the issues of education and health remaining as the sectors of social service," added Pokhrel.

He was of the view of not looking the health and education issues through a business lens as of other commercial sectors. He took the time to claim that the bill had not attempted to shrink the jurisdictions of provinces.

Taking part in the discussion on principle of the bill, lawmaker Prem Suwal said the state should lead the education and health sectors after making education and health free of cost within five years.