Kathmandu, Nepal: Hundreds of thousand medical service seekers have been deprived from the right to get service after all the medical services except emergency service, both governmental and private, have been shut across the country on Sunday.
The Nepal Medical Association, (NMA) the umbrella organization of Nepalese doctors, has announced to shut down all the medical services except emergency service as part of its phase-wise protests over the provisions of the newly enforced Criminal Code.
The NMA has demanded to amend in the code claiming that some provisions of the code intend to challenge the right of the medical persons on the name of curbing the negligence and recklessness of the doctors.
Issuing a statement on Friday, the association had announced a series of protests citing the government’s reluctance to amend the Criminal Code.
As per the provision of the code, three-year jail and Rs30,000 fine or five-year jail and Rs50,000 will be fined to the doctors if he or she found guilty of negligence or recklessness while treating a patient, including faulty prescriptions that cause patient’s death.