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Dr KC ending his fast-unto-death strike with the 11 points agreement reached between government team

KATHMANDU: The sixth hunger strike that Dr Govinda KC is staging demanding the formulation and implementation of policies to reform the country’s medical sector is scheduled to end today as there has been reached the 11 points agreement between the government representatives and KC’s representatives. Dr. KC has been staging fast-unto-death since last 13th days in the premises of Teaching Hospital Maharajgunj. Previously, he has been staging fast-unto –death for the necessary reform to be made regarding the national policy on Health Profession Education (HPE)as a result the government was forced to make a high level task force under the leadership of educationist Kedar Bhakta Mathema to recommend national policy.

According the agreement the government has to form the Medical Education Commission through the next immediate cabinet meeting, which has to facilitating and monitoring the policies and function predefined by the Mathema-led committee.

As per the agreement based on the recommendation of the Mathema report, the government should prepared new Medical Education Policy and has to submit in the parliament within three months.
The agreement also includes the not renewing of the Medical college, Dental college and nursing college in Kathmandu valley. Likewise, the agreement also include the to set the fee ceiling for MBBS studies at Rs3.5 million and limiting the number of student intake for medical school at 100 after decreasing medical seats gradually from 150 to 135 then to 115 and limit it to 100 seats in next three years.

The government team led by National Planning Commission Vice-Chairman Govinda Raj Pokhrel and Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi was involved in the dialogues with Dr KC.

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