Sub-committee to look into irregularities in medical sector

Published On: October 20, 2016 12:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Oct 20: The parliament's Women, Children, Senior Citizen and Social Welfare Committee (WCSCSWC) has formed a sub-committee to look into any irregularities in the medical sector.

According to the WCSCSWC, a nine-member sub-committee was formed by a meeting held Wednesday look into the medical fees, seats, entrance exams and intervention by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority at Kathmandu University.

Ranju Jha, chairperson of the WCSCSWC, said that the sub-committee has been authorized to study the fee structures, medical seats, entrance exams and intervention of the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority in Kathmandu University entrance test. “The sub-committee will submit its report within 15 days,” she added.

Before forming the sub-committee, the WCSCSWC consulted Health Minister Gagan Kumar Thapa on the problems and government attempts to resolve them. Minister Thapa underlined the need for implementing the recommendations of the Mathema Commission Report and directed the Nepal Medical Council to continue working without affecting the academic calendar until another arrangement is made.

Dr Govinda KC, a senior orthopedic surgeon at TUTH, demanding passage of a new medical education bill from the ongoing session of parliament, began his ninth fast-unto-death from September 26. The government has tabled a bill in parliament, aiming to address Dr KC's demands. However, the government is planning to prorogue the current parliament session before addressing Dr KC's demands.

Dr KC on September 26 had forwarded a four-point memo to the government on September 26. The four- point memo demanded implementation of past agreements, passage of the new bill on medical education from parliament, initiation of the process to impeach CIAA chief Lok Man Singh Karki and CIAA commissioner Raj Narayan Pathak, and implementation of the medical education fee structure proposed by the Mathema Commission.

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