​ Call to include other faculties of health in Medical Bill



Kathmandu, Feb 3 (RSS): Various stakeholders have raised complaints that the National Medical Act, which was introduced through Ordinance, has failed to include other faculties of health apart from medicine. 

At a programme 'Special discussion on the National Medical Education Ordinance' organized by the Joint Health Reform Struggle Committee here on Saturday, the speakers have complained that the new provision preventing experts of nursing, public health, pharmacy and lab science from becoming Vice-Chairperson of Medical Education Commission has violated the constitutionally guaranteed right to equality. 

National Academy of Medical Science (NAMS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ganesh Gurung said the Act has opted for violating the University rights. "This is not a national act but of the commission. It would promote unnecessary politics in the university," he said, adding that the Act would invite massive earthquake in medical sector. 

Former Attorney General Dr Yubaraj Sangraula said the Act would not be acceptable while noting that the Act has allowed foreigners to open medical college in urban areas in the name of programme not operational in Nepal. On the other hand, the Act has prohibited the operation of domestic medical college, he added. 

Also speaking on the occasion, Nepal Student Union (NSU) President Nain Singh Mahar said their demand was that the off-springs of the poor should also get opportunity to pursue medical education and also expressed concern over the intention of the Act to prevent the establishment of medical colleges. 

The Struggle Committee had submitted a memorandum to the then Speaker on 21 August 2017 demanding the Act should incorporate other faculties of health apart from medicine.