Nepal | August 09, 2020

OPMCM expresses concern about Dr KC’s hunger strike

Himalayan News Service
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Government has written to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to take action against former office bearers of IoM

Kathmandu, August 26

The Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers has expressed serious concern about the fast-unto-death being staged by Prof Dr Govinda KC with various demands related to medical education and health services.

A press statement issued by the OPMCM said, “The government has taken the issues raised by Dr KC positively and is making significant decisions to bring reforms in medical education.” According to the statement, the government has already written to the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health and Population to immediately implement 91 out of 112 recommendations made by the Mathema Commission for the betterment of medical education in the country. The recommended issues are related to the demands put forth by Dr KC.

“A probe panel has been formed under the coordination of former Chief Judge of Patan Appellate Court Hari Babu Bhattarai to investigate fake faculty, patients and physical infrastructure shown by various medical colleges while obtaining affiliation and seat quota for medical students. The panel will be submitting a report about the alleged involvement of Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University and Nepal Medical Council in such irregularities soon” OMPCM Secretary Shanta Raj Subedi said.

He also informed that the government has already written to the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority to take action against former office-bearers of the Institute of Medicine indicted by a report of former secretary Jayaram Giri. “The rest of the recommendations made by the Mathema commission will be gradually implemented after holding further discussions,” he said. Meanwhile, National Planning Commission member Yagya Bahadur Karki and Secretary Subedi visited Dr KC and requested him to postpone the hunger strike in the evening.

A version of this article appears in print on August 27, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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