Medical colleges’ staff threaten to intensify stir

Kathmandu, September 1

Staffers of various medical colleges today warned of stern protests if the government implements the Mathema report word by word in the name of introducing new national policy on Health Profession Education.

Speaking at a function in the capital today, hospital employees affiliated to Union of Private Hospital and Health Care Workers in Nepal, Nepalgunj Medical College Employees Organisation, Kathmandu Medical College Employees Union (KMCEU) and Nepal Medical College Employees Union (NMCEU) said around 15,000 employees will lose their jobs if the Mathema report is fully implemented.

They urged the government to solve the problem by holding talks with Dr Govinda KC and his supporters.

Megh Raj Khadka, chairperson, KMCEU said though they support most of the demands of Dr KC, who is on a fast-unto-death for the ninth day today, his protest was diverted in such a way as to make them jobless.

“The government should address the problems plaguing the health sector through talks,” he said.

Dinesh Pokharel, president, NMCEU, said they would express solidarity with Dr KC if the government guarantees security of their employment. “But if his protest puts our jobs at risk, we will stage stern protest against hospital owners and the overnment,” he added.