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Bitter Nahata writes to Sahani

RENOWNED OPHTHALMOLOGIST Dr MC Nahata taking suo-moto cognizance of irregularities in medical colleges of the State has recently written to Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani suggesting reforms and constituting a committee to solve the lapses.

india Updated: Dec 24, 2006 17:29 IST

RENOWNED OPHTHALMOLOGIST Dr MC Nahata taking suo-moto cognizance of irregularities in medical colleges of the State has recently written to Chief Secretary Rakesh Sahani suggesting reforms and constituting a committee to solve the lapses.

Dr Nahata who has adorned several high offices including that of Dean Gwalior Medical College and several other national bodies, feeling bitter over the irregularities constantly pointed out in the medical colleges by Medical Council of India (MCI) teams has laid bare the matter for public scrutiny.

He stated that MCI teams, that come for inspections at regular intervals as a regulatory body constituted by an Act of Parliament in 1934, have indicated glaring discrepancies and even threaten de-accreditation on, which no concrete remedial action has been taken so far. He observed deficiency of staff in the government medical/dental colleges arising due to various reasons being the biggest drawback as been pointed repeatedly by MCI.

He noted that this problem for no accountable reason has accentuated ever since the entry of private medical, dental, nursing and paramedical institutions. The disparity existing between the private and government sector is heightened by the gap in age of retirement, salary and perks attached.

It is, however, to be noted that inexplicably the noise about the deficiency in government institutions is far louder than in case of private institutions and is a subject that requires further study and investigation.

The remedy might be difficult but not impossible and therefore, it is high time that radical measures are taken in this light before it becomes too late. Steps like increasing retirement age to 65-years and restructuring salary package in league with private medical institutions can bring about betterment in prevailing conditions.

He suggested Sahani to consider constituting a committee under his chairmanship and submit a report within three-months. Having the executive head as the chairman will ensure that the matter gets a deservingly speedy redressal. This committee may review and rationalize the education system and consultation with students be made mandatory before reaching a conclusion.

He indicated towards growing student resentment exemplified in recurring strikes. The strikes are all the more a matter of concern, as they have not been called by political parties but students of professional streams.