Proposal to make changes in the Medical bill opposed



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The Parliament Secretariat  has failed to include the Medical Education Bill in today’s business schedule. CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre have opposed to the government’s proposal to make some key changes in the bill to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC.

It has been reported that the Deputy Prime Minister Shrestha  wanted the Parliament Secretariat to list the bill in today’s business and also put the bill to vote today itself.

However, the speaker has told the parties to hold more dialogue on the bill and reach a conclusion before the House meeting started tomorrow.

According to sources, Shrestha wanted to change the panel’s report to address the demands of Dr Govinda KC, but CPN-MC and CPN-UML representatives did not agree.

UML sources said the opposition to Shrestha’s proposal is  because  it was against the changes made by the Parliament and would also undermine the supremacy of the Parliament.

Also according to the UML,the proposal to forbid an university to grant affiliation to a college without the college having completed three years of operation of its own hospital  was against the parliamentary panel’s provision..

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gopal Man Shrestha today had proposed in an informal  meeting with Speaker Onsari Gharti Magar, the chief whips of the three major parties and members of Women, Children,  Senior Citizen and Social Welfare Committee of the Parliament that the parliamentary panel’s report  should be changed to stipulate that no affiliation would be given to any medical college in Kathmandu Valley for the next 10 years; and a university could not grant affiliation to more than five colleges; and a university could grant affiliation only after the affiliation-seeking college completed three years of operation of its own hospital

NC lawmaker Thapa said the big three parties had divergent views on the medical education bill and there was no indication that they could reach compromise on the issue. “Therefore, parties should allow the Parliament to take a call on the issue. Blocking the bill from being listed in the Parliament’s business schedule is not fair,” Thapa said.

The Parliament Secretariat had been trying to list the bill in the business schedule since last week but could not do so due to the CPN-UML and CPN-MC’s opposition showing various reasons.