July 11, 2008

Doctors to Strike Nationwide in Nepal

Doctors to strike nationwide in Nepal

KATHMANDU, July 10 (Xinhua) -- A day after the Nepal Medical Association (NMA) closed down all services except emergency at medical institutions within the capital Kathmandu Valley, the NMA issued a statement announcing a nationwide protest from Thursday.

The closure on Wednesday took many patients by surprise and they complained.

Medical facilities in the valley provided no service except emergency, objecting to the protest being carried out by the family and relatives of Narayan Shah.

Shah, who was shifted to the Bir Hospital after undergoing surgery at the Everest Nursing Home for removal of a stone, died at Bir. His family and relatives have been protesting against the nursing home and Dr. Subodh Kumar Adhikari, the surgeon, alleging that the hospital and the doctor were negligent when treating Shah.

They have demanded a public apology from the hospital management and the doctor. Dr. Adhikari -- who referred the patient back and forth between Bir and Everest, works at both places.

The statement issued by the NMA says "hooligans" vandalized the Everest Nursing Home in the name of the late Shah's kin. "We have decided to carry out a nationwide protest -- with a closedown of all services at medical institutions except emergency -- against the attack at the Everest Nursing Home and a doctor," said the statement.

However, police have not reported any vandalism at Everest. The family and relatives started a peaceful sit-in protest in front of the nursing home from Wednesday.

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