Bhandari, President, has issued an ordinance updating the current Security of the Health Workers and Health Organizations Act.
Following a recommendation from the Council of Ministers, the President issued the ordinance.
Attacking an on-duty health worker is punishable by up to four years in prison or a fine of up to Rs 200,000, or both.
Provision has been proposed for anyone who padlock, picket, or vandalize a health facility.
The new law also addresses the health professionals’ demand for incarceration without bail in cases of assaults against them. However, additional bail conditions apply.
In light of the recorded occurrences of attacks on doctors and nurses, the administration went back to the ordinance to revise the legislation.