Govt doctors stage protest at Bir Hospital

Kathmandu, December 24

Around 250 government doctors today staged a sit-in on the premises of Bir Hospital seeking amendment to the newly enforced civil servant adjustment ordinance. They have also demanded that the facilities given to them be increased.

The agitating doctors are also miffed at the government over delay in appointment of vice-chancellor of National Academy of Medical Sciences.

Earlier, on Friday Government Doctors’ Association of Nepal had forwarded a five-point demand to the Ministry of Health and Population, but their demands were not heeded.

“We had reminded the government about our demands time and again, but the government ignored our demands,” said Dr Dipendra Pandey, President of GODAN. “We will continue our protest programmes until the government addresses our demands,” said Pandey.

GODAN has demanded that staff adjustment, transfer, promotion and salary increment of government doctors be implemented only after formulation of the Civil Service Act in the provincial and local levels. They have also demanded that promotion of doctors be done as per section seven, sub section four of the adjustment ordinance. According to GODAN, 16,000 government doctors are providing health facilities in the country.