KATHMANDU: Bir Hospital crisis today took a turn for worse, as Registrar Bishworaj Joshi tendered his resignation to the Ministry of Health and Population.

In related developments, Bir Hospital Director Dr Dirgha Raj RC was given a walking letter, while MoHP gave National Academy of Medical Sciences Vice-Chancellor Dr CP Maskey and Rector Prof Shree Krishna Giri 24 hours 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.

A source at MoHP said Minister for Health and Population Umakanta Chaudhary was directed by Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal to intervene to end agitation in the oldest hospital of the country. The state-owned Bir Hospital is most sought after health facility for the lower and lower-middle class people.

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. As many as 1,200 people are being affected due to the strike daily. Hundreds of patients brought to the hospital from parts of the country are being referred to private facilities, where health services are much costlier. The hospital beds have been lying vacant.