With only a day remaining for the deadline set by Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai to resolve the row at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) to expire, office bearers and agitating doctors at the PAHS have so far been unable to come to a compromise.
The protesting doctors and office bearers held only a brief meeting on Thursday as Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Krishna Hari Baskota, left the meeting within minutes, citing a call from the PM.
Bhattarai had on Tuesday directed all stakeholders to resolve issues at the PAHS within the next three days. He had warned that the issue would be probed into and culprits punished if the problem was not resolved within the time frame. The PM expressed concern over the strike that has halted services at such a sensitive institution and assigned Baskota to resolve the dispute.
Agitating professors, doctors and students are on strike since November 1, protesting the ‘political’ appointment of Dr Sangita Bhandari as Vice-chancellor (VC) of the academy and her ‘unilateral’ decision to appoint Dr Soumya Bhattacharya as Rector.
They alleged that Dr Bhandari was interfering in the PAHS and have demanded the resignation of both Dr Bhandari and Dr Bhattacharya.
Last week, protesting doctors threatened to resign en masse if the government failed to address their demands.
Dr Bhandari said they had only held brief discussions, but would sit for further talks on Friday.
Posted on: 2012-11-30 09:16