Resident docs of TUTH halt services

Kathmandu, January 11

Resident doctors at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital have halted health services since yesterday, protesting the delay payment of their salary.

According to doctors, they have not been paid salary for the last eight months.

President of National Resident Doctors’ Association Dr Sumit Pandey said nearly 200 resident doctors had not received their salary for the last eight months.

“It has become very difficult for us to make our ends meet as the hospital hasn’t paid us even a single penny for the last eight months. We had no other option but to resort to protest by halting  health services,” he added.

“A resident doctor is paid Rs 34,000 per month. The government should provide residence facility too, but none of the resident doctors have got this facility,” shared Dr Pandey.

On his part, Maharajgunj Medical Campus Chief Dr Pratap Narayan Prasad said the campus was not able to pay monthly salary of resident doctors as the Ministry of Health and Population had not released budget for the same.

Meanwhile, talks were held between the resident doctors and the Ministry of Health and Population today and the ministry assured that the former would get their salary by January 13.

“The ministry has promised to provide us salary by January 13, but we will not get back to work until we receive payment,” shared Dr Pandey.