Government calls on doctors to stop protests, resume services

Visitors read a notice about the closing of various departments at the Civil Service Hospital, in Kathmandu, on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Kathmandu, September 25

The government on Monday called on medical doctors to stop their protests and resume services at health facilities at the earliest.

A Cabinet meeting held today appealed to the Nepal Medical Association to stop the strike claiming the government was preparing to fulfil their demands.

Putting forth three demands including an amendment to the Act Relating to the Security of Health Workers and Health Institutions and implementation of past agreements signed with the government, the umbrella organisation of medical doctors have shut outpatient departments of hospitals for last few days.

The doctors had resorted to the protest after the government last week reportedly decided to formulate a new law requiring doctors to compensate victims for any negligence on their part during treatment including surgeries.

The government, however, has already clarified that the decision was misinterpreted.

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