Dr Govinda KC has decided to launch a fresh hunger strike if his ultimatum to implement the deals is ignored.
Close aides of Dr KC, senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), said he will stage his 16th hunger strike if the past deals reached with him are not implemented within a three-week deadline. Dr KC is preparing to issue the deadline by Wednesday.
Fifteen weeks have passed since the latest agreement between Dr KC and the government was signed. Though the two sides had agreed to implement the deal within two to nine weeks of the signing of the agreement, the government has done nothing to address his major demands. Dr KC and his team have been suspicious about the intention of the government after none of the government agencies concerned took any initiative to honor the agreements meant for bringing reforms in Nepal’s medical education sector.
Dr KC accused the government of working in collusion with crooked mafia and brokers instead of working for the greater cause of ordinary people. All demands of Dr KC were addressed in the latest agreement.During his 15th hunger strike, Dr KC presented a seven-point demand including bringing Medical Education Act without any major change in the Medical Education Bill registered in parliament, immediate starting of MBBS classes at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences, immediate publicizing of report of medical probe commission led by Gauri Bahadur Karki and taking action against 43 culprits, revoking the ban on staging protest at Maitighar and scraping Tribhuvan University’s decision that ‘snatched away IOM’s autonomy.
Similarly, his other demands are implementation of the report prepared by the officials standard determination committee headed by chairperson of the University Grants Commission, compulsory service of two years for MD scholarship students, free MD classes in all private medical colleges, opening government medical colleges in Province 2, Panchthar-Ilam, Dadeldhura-Doti, Udayapur, and forwarding works at Rapti Academy of Health Sciences and Geta Medical College.