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Physical assault against medical people punishable by law

Radio Nepal 18 May, 2022 8:34 pm

Kathmandu: An act of physically assaulting a health professional or employee over a medical treatment issue is now a punishable offence.

According to the Ordinance Relating to the Security of the Health Workers and Health Institutions (First Amendment), anyone found guilty of assaulting a doctor or health worker would face a three-year jail sentence or a fine of 3 hundred thousand rupees.

The decree prohibits vandalism or any sort of activities capable of physically hurting health workers.

Likewise, arson in health institutions demands a jail sentence from two to five years or a fine of 200 thousand to 500 thousand rupees against the guilty.

Similarly, the ordinance ensures a year-long jail sentence or a fine of 100 thousand rupees against the incidence of padlocking or picketing health institutions.

The ordinance that was authenticated by President Bidya Devi Bhandari on the 8th of May was presented in the House of Representatives by Health Minister Birod Khatiwada yesterday.

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