Health Ministry blames Federal Affairs Ministry for doctors’ strike

Government doctors stage a protest in Kathmandu, on Monday, February 11, 2019.

Kathmandu, April 8

Officials at the Ministry of Health have claimed that the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration is responsible for the delay in addressing concerns raised by government doctors, and subsequent continuity of their strike.

The doctors are on a strike for past four days demanding that they be kept under the federal government in the new civil servant adjustment. Patients have been hit hard across the country due to the strike.

Health Ministry officials claim their ministry has already requested the Federal Affairs Ministry to correct errors made during the adjustment, but the Federal Affairs Ministry has not implemented them.

“The error is made by the other side,” an official says, “They made the error, but they are trying to dominate us. This is sad.”

Mahesh Chaurasiya, press assistant to the Health Minister Upendra Yadav, says efforts are underway to end the strike.

Officials of the Federal Affairs Ministry, however, are not ready to accept the charge.

Kedar Paneru, chief of the Adjustment Section, says, “Some issues are yet to be sorted out. It will be over within this week.”

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