NMC calls full house meeting with doctors

Kathmandu, October 30

After the protest of medical students against the discriminatory decision of Nepal Medical Council regarding the implementation of accreditation standards for MBBS/BDS programme, Nepal Medical council has agreed to reconsider the guidelines.

NMC has called a full house meeting with doctors tomorrow. On October 26, Nepal Medical Council had decided to implement accreditation standards for MBBS/BDS programme which state that medical students studying in the country must complete six-month internship to meet the criteria and students pursuing MBBS/BDS from foreign universities must complete one-year internship to appear the NMC licensing examination.

Earlier, NMC allowed all medical students to participate in the licensing examination after completing six-months internship, but it has decided to implement accreditation standards for the MBBS/BDS programme effectively from this year. NMC is conducting licensing examination for this year on December 8.

Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha, president of Nepal Medical Association, informed that NMC had forwarded official letter for full house meeting and they would discuss amendment to the guidelines. “Although NMC didn’t inform us about the implementation of guidelines, it is an important issue for us as all students should be treated equally by the government. There should not be different internship criteria for medical students and we express solidarity with their protest,” he added.