TUTH resident docs to boycott all except emergency services

Resident doctors of Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital have decided to boycott all except emergency services from tomorrow, saying that the government has failed to show seriousness to address the demands raised by Dr Govinda KC, who has been on a hunger strike since March 22.

Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital resident doctors had stopped providing services at the outpatient department from March 27.

Academic activities at the Institute of Medicine have been also been halted since March 25.

Services will be provided only at the emergency ward of TUTH from tomorrow, said the resident doctors. Norman Lamichhane, Secretary, Nepal Resident Doctors Association, said, “Today is the ninth day of (Dr KC’s) hunger strike and still none of the concerned bodies has shown seriousness to address his demands. Hence, we are forced to take this step to draw the government’s attention to the matter.”The resident doctors have said since their participation at the hospital is part of curriculum, their absence will not affect other hospital services.

As per resident doctors’ new decision, they will not provide outpatient, indoor and operation theatre services.

Meanwhile, to express solidarity with Dr KC and his demands, hundreds of people from various walks of life today gathered on the premises of TUTH where Dr KC is staging his hunger strike.

They called on the concerned authorities ‘to open their eyes and ears’ and address the genuine demands of Dr KC at the earliest.

Students from various medical and nursing colleges also organised a sit-in protest in front of the official residence of prime minister in Baluwatar to press the government to address Dr KC’s demands at the earliest. Unified CPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal and CPN-Maoist leader CP Gajurel today visited Dr KC today expressed their solidarity with him.

Issuing a statement, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Nepal also expressed solidarity with Dr KC.

Nepal Press Union has also appealed to the government to take necessary steps, saying health condition of Dr KC is deteriorating.

Source: THT