Manipal Hospital urged to resume health services

Pokhara, May 30

Network of Civil Society for Peace, Pokhara, has called for resumption of health services at Manipal Teaching Hospital of Pokhara-Lekhnath metropolis, citing its adverse effect on service seekers.

The network issued a statement today asking the hospital to resume all its services at the earliest. The statement was signed by NCSP Pokhara coordinator Bishnu Baral, Non-government Organisation Federation Nepal Kaski Chair Padamraj Pahari and INSEC Pokhara office coordinator Shiva Prasad Khakurel. Employees’ unions at the hospital had launched an agitation after the management sacked four workers on charges of irregularities.

A discussion led by State Minister for Social Development Nar Devi Pun failed to forge agreement after the trade union refused to resume services unless the management allowed sacked workers to carry on with their regular duties.

The government will be bound to take stern measures if the union downplays our request to allow the hospital to resume operations, the minister added.

Hospital sources said sacked employees had been supplying medicines to the hospital unilaterally charging exorbitant prices for the past six years.