HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Nepal Medical Association has demanded that the government take urgent steps to address the problems facing the health sector by making timely changes to relevant laws and regulations.
The association of doctors, in its letter to the Ministry of Health and Population, has demanded that the issues of security, remuneration and professional development of doctors needs immediate attention.
Dr Bhupendra Kumar Basnet, general secretary of the association, said the association is demanding the implementation of Health Professionals’ Protection Act to provide security to medical personnel.
The letter has also sought amendment to the Nepal Health Service Act and increase in the number of medical positions in government hospitals. “The country is still working as per the posting arrangement of 1991. The population of the country has doubled since then,” it said.
NMA has demanded that the five per cent tax levied on health professionals and private health institutions be revoked. It has asked the government to amend legal provisions that are creating obstacles to the professional growth of doctors.
NMA has demanded that Clause 3 of Article 26 of Nepal Health Service Act- 2006 be scrapped as it makes it compulsory for an employee to have worked in remote areas for at least two years to be considered for promotion.