Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Nepal has raided five hospitals of the kathmandu valley. As many as 17 doctors along with the hospital administrators have been arrested as well. The raid was carried out in a joint venture of the CIB Nepal, Nepal Medical Council and Forum for Protection of Consumer Rights Nepal.
“The raids were carried out in five hospitals which were Apollo Hospital, Thamel, CIWEC Hospital, three Lazimpat and Boudha based health centres China Great Wall, China Dental and China People,” informed Jeevan Kumar Shrestha, spokesperson of CIB.
The medical practicioners are maximum foreign nationals and had been advertising themselves as specialists in the newspapers.
Anyone be it a foreigner or a national medical practitioner, s/he must be registered with the NMC to practice as a doctor. “We do not recognise anyone as doctors who isn’t registered with the NMC. Foreigners even if s/he is an expert of a foreign country must abide by our laws and legal procedures if they are to practice in Nepal. They must be registered with us to be recognised as doctors,” said Dr Dharma Kanta Baskota, chairman of NMC.
“We will disclose the identities of those arrested in few days as we are investigating the case,” added Shrestha.
Nepal Medical Association, issuing a press release today, said the association has drawn its attention to illegally run health centres. In a press release, NMA has drawn its attention to health centres operating in the country without registration, and the ineligible practitioners’ unnecessary promotion, which is impacting on people’s health.
The association has demanded immediate attention of the concerned agencies to the need to take timely action. “These issues will have an impact on the health institution, medical practitioners, and medical doctors,” reads the statement.
According to Dr. Baskota, the names of the doctors have not been unveiled and the number could rise as the process is still continued.