Resident docs launch hunger strike at TUTH

  • TUTH has rejected Nepal Medical Association’s call to halt OPD services

Kathmandu, July 24

Resident doctors of National Academy of Medical Sciences at Bir Hospital and Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital halted out-patient department services at both hospitals and began mass hunger strike at TUTH today.

Resident doctors of both institutions together attended a mass hunger strike as per the direction of National Medical Association.

Issuing a press release, Nepal Medical Association had directed the doctors all over the country to reject regular OPD tickets, receipt and vouchers at health institutions, but to provide OPD services to patients through alternative way.

Similarly, it had also requested doctors to organise relay hunger strike, rally, and sit-ins in coordination with public and to participate in mass hunger strike in the case of doctors working in Kathmandu valley.

Dr Laxman Bhusal at TUTH emergency said that although resident doctors were in mass hunger strike from 10:00am to 5:00pm, they had provided health services. “Along with senior doctors of the hospital, resident doctors are also providing necessary services.” He said resident doctors would stage the sit-ins round-the-clock if necessary.

Meanwhile, TUTH administration informed that it had refused to abide by direction of Nepal Medical Association to halt regular OPD services at the hospital.