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Hospital hunger strike 3.0

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

Dr Govinda KC, senior professor of Tribhuvan University (TU) Teaching Hospital resumed hunger strike on Saturday against interference and politicisation in medical sector, saying that his demands were not implemented as yet. This is the third time Dr Govinda KC has gone on a hunger strike

“Despite commitment from the government, the demands remain largely unfulfilled. That’s why, I’m compelled to restart the hunger strike,” Dr Govinda KC told a press meet on Saturday, before resuming the strike.

Dr KC had broken his 14-day long hunger strike on 24 January after the government agreed to address his three major demands which included ending all kinds of political interference in the health sector and appointing Dean at the Institute of Medicine (IoM) on the basis of seniority of doctors.

However, over two weeks after the government’s commitment, no concrete steps have been taken to address demands put forward by Dr KC. His ultimatum to the government expired on Friday.

Dr KC’s protest against political interference and influence of medical mafia had been backed by doctors at TU Teaching Hospital and Nepal Medical Association. In solidarity with his strike, hospitals had closed down all operations except emergency services for a week.

Meanwhile, before the hunger strike, Dr KC called on President Ram Baran Yadav and apprised him of the problems engulfing the medical sector of Nepal. Dr KC further informed the President that there was no way out than to sit again for strike unto death to take ahead the reform process in the medical sector.

The five-point demands of Dr KC, made public on Saturday, include:

1. Dismiss the TU officials, who did not follow the instructions of the government of Nepal even after reaching a deal with Dr KC and all the protesting doctors.

2. Former Dean of Institute of Medicines (IOM) Dr Prakash Sayami, who was compelled to resign under pressure, has to be reinstated. If he is unwilling for the job, a new Dean has to be appointed on seniority basis. All educational and academic institutions of the country must get their heads, not based on political allotment, but on seniority basis.

3. Action has to be taken immediately against former IOM officials, who were found guilty.

4. Government medical colleges have to be established in rural areas.

5. Entirely implement all the previous understanding reached with the Government of Nepal.

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