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Dozens of Nepal doctors resign in strike over medical reforms

Published on Jan 21, 2014 8:45 PM

KATHMANDU (AFP) - More than 100 Nepalese doctors resigned on Tuesday as part of an ongoing strike to push for reform of medical education, while hospitals and clinics remained closed for a third day, the doctors' association said.

Doctors were still providing emergency and intensive care but all other services have been halted indefinitely since Sunday, despite a court order for their immediate return to work.

The doctors are striking in support of leading orthopaedic surgeon Govinda K.C. who is heading the campaign for reform, and started a hunger strike 11 days ago.

Mr Govinda, who works at the state-run Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, is also protesting the alleged political appointment of the institution's new dean.

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