KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal conferred with the official of the Bir Hospital on Thursday even as the ongoing strike of the residential doctors got the backing of the medical persons at the oldest hospital in the capital.

Vice chancellor of National Academy of Health Science Council (NASC) Chandra Prakash Maske, expelled director Dirgha Raj RC and others met the PM at his office in Singha Durbar on Thursday.

According to Chandra Prakash Maske, they had briefed the PM that the Bir row had deepened due to the intervention of Minister for Health and Population Umakanta Chaudhari. He informed that the PM gave his assurance of the matter being resolved by the evening.

Registrar Bishworaj Joshi had tendered his resignation to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoPH) earlier. The MoHP had asked Maskey and rector Prof Shree Krishna Giri to clarify their stand on the deepening crisis at the hospital where the doctors have been boycotting the essential service delivery to the patients for the last two weeks.

Service delivery in the hospital has been disrupted since Residents' Association of NAMS launched an agitation on December 23, putting forth a charter of 13 demands. As many as 1,200 people are being affected due to the strike daily.