The other side
Paralysing medical services across the country has undoubtedly caused many patients undue
trouble but what common people need to know is that it is they themselves who will benefit the most if healthcare professionals can work in a safe environment. The tactics of intimidation will promote ‘Defensive Medicine’ (burdening patients with unnecessary tests and unjustified referral of the sick patients, not necessarily for the benefit of patients, but to safeguard health professionals from potential future compensation claims or physical harm) which will, in the end, raise the cost of medical services to an unbearable level for most of the poor Nepalis.
Moreover, if it is a documented right of the consumers to get medical services whenever or
wherever necessary, it is also the right of any professional (not only doctors) to be able to work in an environment where they can best utilise their expertise in order to provide better service to their clients.
Dr. Arbin Joshi, via e-mail
Apropos of “Doctors’ strike on till Sunday” (THT, July 11), I would like to draw the attention of our ‘life givers’, the doctors of modern day Nepal. I have no doubt that they had their reason to halt medical services but what they didn’t realise is how much suffering they caused among the sick making endless rounds of the hospitals. The doctors should exercise their
judgment more judiciously when a similar episode crops up in the future.
Mohit Singal, KCM
It was refreshing to read RPP-Nepal CA member Babina Moktan’s viewpoint in your esteemed daily, “Allowing CA to take its course” (THT, July 11). The article was refreshing as it exposed the lie in assertion of political parties that there are few problems in the country and the government is doing its duty well. The article was an eye opener.
Samir Dahal, Satdobato, Lalitpur
Though the Madeshi parties have been agitating on the pretext of securing the rights of Madhesis, their demand of One Madesh, One State raises many questions
about their real intent.
And why are they speaking in Hindi, which is the mother tongue of less than one per cent of the total Nepali population, in the CA? The Madhesi parties should bear in mind that Tarai is home to many other minorities besides the ‘Madhesis’. Shouldn’t the rights of these minorities be protected at the same time?
A promissory note was signed by Nepali government with the joint front of three Madhesi
parties on Feb 28. There were provisions for “autonomous Madhesh province” and “group
entry” of Madhesis into Nepal Army”.
It is obvious that the government has defaulted on this promissory note.
The government has given the Madhesi parties a bad cheque, which has bounced with the remarks “insufficient funds”. It would be risky for the country to overlook the urgency of this critical moment and to underestimate the determination of Madhesis.