Nepal Medical Association calls off protest, signs six-point agreement with government

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Kathmandu: The Nepal Medical Association has ended its protest after reaching a six-point agreement with the government. 

The strike, which was called in response to police violence against a doctor, was postponed following talks between the association and government representatives. The government has agreed to investigate and take legal action against the police officer responsible for the assault, as well as those involved in the incident. 

Additionally, the government has committed to reviewing and updating the Working Procedure for Security of VVIP-2077 within a week, and implementing it immediately. 

The agreement also calls for the full implementation of laws designed to protect health workers and institutions, and their further strengthening. On Sunday, doctors had ceased services at all hospitals except for emergency care. The assault on the doctor occurred when he was walking during the President’s convoy, and was beaten by on-duty police personnel. 

The doctor sustained head injuries and is being kept under observation in the ICU. Other medical officers who had gathered to protest the attack were also attacked by police.