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Hospital Hunger Strike

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
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As the hunger strike of senior Dr. Govinda KC (pic below) enters its seventh day and doctors restrict services at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in support, a writ has been filed at the Supreme Court demanding that the service be resumed.

Govinda KC on hunger strike

Arguing that halting the services of the hospital is against the Essential Service Act, Advocate Sunil Ranjan and Consumer Welfare Protection Forum, filed the writ on Friday. The writ demands an interim order from the court to resume the hospital’s services.

Dr. Govinda KC began his hunger strike against political appointment in the Institute of Medicine (IoM). Dr. KC claims that a mafia of private colleges and politicians had pressure the previous IoM management to provide affiliation to more colleges, despite an internal agreement to limit the number of affiliations and promote quality. He says that the management was facing blackmail and was not allowed to make critical decisions. Colleges in the controversy include Police Medical College, Kathmandu National College, Manmohan Medical College and People’s Dental College.

Former IoM dean Dr. Prakash Sayami resigned on the issue about a month ago and Dr Sharma was appointed on 10 January. Dr KC has demanded the government reinstate Dr. Sayami, end political interference in the institution and halt further affiliations to new private medical colleges

TUTH doctors, nurses, technicians and staffs have limited hospital services except in the emergency and OPD department, expressing solidarity to KC’s move.

 

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