Government doctors to halt autopsy services from today

- Arjun Poudel, Kathmandu

Apr 9, 2019-

The striking government doctors have ratcheted up their protest by announcing to halt autopsy services in all state-run hospitals.

The Government Doctors’ Association of Nepal, which has been spearheading the doctors’ strike for the last four days, said on Monday that medical examiners will not be performing post-mortems from Tuesday to put further pressure on the government.  

The government doctors across the country are on strike for the past four days to protest against the Civil Servants Adjustment Bill that proposes bringing them under the ambit of state governments. The protesting doctors have said that the government’s adjustment plan will hinder their career growth.  

There are over 1,400 doctors serving in government-run health facilities across the country.

The association said it was compelled to take the decision as the Ministry of Health and Population did not show any seriousness towards addressing its concern.

“It is not our choice. We are compelled to go to this extent,” Dr Dipendra Pandey, chairman of the association, said. “We will not provide medico legal service from tomorrow.”  Pandey said the ministry had not contacted them as of late Monday afternoon.

The doctors’ strike has affected thousands of patients across the country. It is estimated that over 100,000 patients visit the government-run health facilities daily.

The majority of Nepalis rely on government health facilities because they cannot afford the fees charged by private hospitals.  

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health and Population has warned of action if the protesting doctors do not resume their duties immediately.

The ministry also said in a statement on Monday that the doctors’ demand for adjustment under the federal government was not possible.

Published: 09-04-2019 10:32

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