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Govt, agitating NMA forge consensus

KATHMANDU: In an attempt to accommodate the demands of the agitating doctors, the government has expressed its readiness to forward the process for the same.
The government agreed to amend the criminal code as demanded by the doctors during a meeting between the State Minister for Health and Population Dr Surendra Yadav and representatives of the Nepal Medical Association (NMA) held Monday.
Chief Specialist of the Ministry of Health and Population Sushilnath Pyakurel and NMA’s President Dr Muktiram Shrestha and others were present in the meeting.
The NMA has been on agitation putting forth a main demand for immediate amendment to some medical sector related provisions specified in the Civil Code, Civil Criminal Code Act and Civil Criminal Work Procedure Act-2074.
In a harsh protest of the government’s apathy to their demands, the NMA on Sunday had handed the Nepal Medical Council certificates and aprons of doctors.
With the medical service into halt, several passengers were deprived of access to health service.
As per the latest data of Nepal Medical Council, around 22,000 doctors have obtained Council’s certificates across the country.
The NMA had postponed its protest programme till September 2 after the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs agreed to amend the Acts as per the need.
The NMA had resorted to launch agitation from Sunday, saying the Ministry did not heed their demand.

Published Date: Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 | 08:26 AM

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