Resident docs halt OPD services at TUTH

Kathmandu, November 25

Resident doctors of Tribhuvan University, Institute of Medicine, today boycotted the Outpatient Department of TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj demanding that the government immediately fulfil the demands of Dr Govinda KC, who is on his 10th fast-unto-death for the last 13 days.

Dr KC has put forth a 10-point demand, including the appointment of IoM dean on seniority basis and withdrawal of the decision to appoint Dr KP Singh in the post.

Raju Bhandari, vice chairperson of Nepal Resident Doctors Association, IoM, said they would not attend patients from today as the agitating doctor’s health was deteriorating. “Though it is compulsory to attend to patients as part of academic activities, we decided to boycott it to show solidarity with Dr KC’s hunger strike,” he informed.

Resident doctors said the decision was taken to pressurise the government to address Dr KC’s demands.

Meanwhile, the TU has constituted a seven-member panel led by former IoM dean Dr Ramesh Kanta Adhikari to revise the dean appointment process and propose new standards for it.

Supporters of Dr KC today staged protest in front of the prime minister’s official residence in Baluwatar, demanding that the government immediately fulfil his demands and implement the agreement signed with him.