After all the struggle of Dr. Govinda KC, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has ultimately authenticated the higjly anitipicated Health Profession Education (HPE) Ordinance.
The ordinance has been signed nearly three weeks after the Cabinet decision to enact a new law as demanded by senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC.
According to this ordinance of HPE , there will be a suspension on establishment of a new medical institution in Kathmandu Valley for the next 10 years. Likewise, a university cannot grant affiliation to more than five medical colleges.
The government had decided on October 23 to introduce the ordinance to enact a new law incorporating the provisions of the HPE Bill.
According to the office of the President, the authentication was made on the recommendation of the Council of Ministers on October 23, in accordance with the Article 114(1) of the Nepal's Constitution.
Additionally, Tribhuvan University and Kathmandu University cannot grant affiliation to any new medical college.
Earlier on Tuesday, Dr Govinda KC, along with advocate Om Prakash Aryal, and medical doctors Abhisek Jha and Toshima Karki, had registered the right to information (RTI) petition at the Office of the President, saying the HPE Ordinance is unavoidable to improve the medical education sector and ensure quality health care to all the citizens at an affordable cost.
The team had given a seven days’ ultimatum for the authentication of the ordinance. Dr. KC threatened to launch a fresh hunger Strike in case of ignorance to the demands for the sake of HPE ordinance.
Dr KC, had hailed on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to thank him for the government decision to bring the Medical Act, one of his demands, through an ordinance, requesting him to make an initiation for its authentication by the President.