•      Fri Dec 1 2023

Misbehaving with medical doctors will face stern action: Home Minister

Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha
Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha (file)

Kathmandu, Sept 26: Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Narayan Kaji Shrestha has vowed to take actions against those assaulting and misbehaving with medical doctors.

The Home Minister said so during a meeting with Health Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet and representatives of Nepal Medical Council, Nepal Medical Association and other health-related organizations. The government is committed to meeting the concerns and issues of doctors and “will create environment conducive for doctors and health workers to work “.

He also urged the agitating doctors to rejoin their profession stating that the government has forwarded processes to book the assailants by taking them under control.

“Doctors and health workers have been attacked physically. Those involved in the attacks would be punished as per the Security of the Health Workers and Health Organizations Act,” Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha said.

Shrestha also urged the agitating doctors and health fraternity not to harbor any doubt on the part of actions to the wrongdoers adding that concerned agencies have been ordered to proceed with the legal process.

On the occasion, Health Minister Basnet said that anarchic situation could prevail if the incidences of misbehavior and attacks on the medical persons increase.

Likewise, Chair of Nepal Medical Association Dr Anil Karki and Chairperson of Nepal Medical Council Dr Bhagawan Koirala said that those resorting to violence against doctors should be punished.

Man arrested on the charge of assaulting doctors in Manipal

District Police Office Kaski has arrested a person on the charge of assaulting health workers at Manipal Teaching Hospital.

According to the police, 34-year-old Vinaya Gurung of Pokhara-5 Malepatan was arrested on the charge of manhandling doctors involved in the treatment, during the protests held demanding the disclosure of the cause of death of a patient at the hospital.

It may be noted that Sukmayya Dura of Sundarbazar Municipality-6 in Lamjung was brought to the Teaching Hospital in Pokhara-11 for treatment of respiratory problems and back pain on September 24 and was declared dead by doctors a day later on September 25.

Information officer DSP Shravan Kumar BK shared that the investigation process has been forwarded by extending the deadline of seven days of judicial custody of the arrested person under the Health Workers and Health Institutions Safety Act, 2066 BS.