TREATING IT as a ‘do or die’ battle for survival, the beleaguered authorities and staff of MGM Medical College and MY Hospital have geared up for the two-day stock taking visit of a Medical Council of India (MCI) team from Monday.
If the team, comprising Dr D N Agrawal, Dr C A Desai and Dr Shrivas, is not satisfied with the set-up, it may lead to curtailment of medical seats - if not cancellation of recognition.
Shortage of staff is proving to be a major deterrent even as the authorities have been trying hard to cover up other lacunae concerned with building and infrastructure, not to mention factors like filthy hospital premises, lack of equipment, students’ hostels and even classrooms and several other issues concerning day-to-day administration and working of both the hospital and the college.
Agreeing that ‘shortage of staff’ was indeed a major problem, MGM Dean Dr V K Saini said, “But what can we do if we do not get proper candidates even after putting up advertisements three times. Few of the posts are for reserved candidates. Now, we have approached government with the request to allow us to select candidates from general category as we did in case of promotions.”
“One more thing is we have already forwarded our proposal for ending contract appointments. We are waiting for Cabinet approval, which we are hopeful of getting by December. This should change the picture for better,” Dr Saini told Hindustan Times.
Asked about the lacunae in infrastructure and other ‘missing’ things, Dr Saini said, “As far as infrastructure and buildings are concerned, repairs have been carried out and fresh paint applied wherever needed. We have taken care to carry out whatever improvement possible.
After all, don’t you re-do your house when there is a marriage after few days?” The authorities might have a tough time explaining the shortcomings, particularly the shortage of staff. For instance, Surgery Department has just one permanent senior staffer while others are on contract. The axe would fall mainly on PG courses, as the number of students admitted is more than is allowed in proportion with the number of staff.
“However, I am hopeful the team will consider our predicament in the right manner and I am also positive that we will satisfy the team,” Dr Saini added.
The real question is would the MCI team be able to see through the made-up premises and ‘put-up’ performance by the College and Hospital authorities, as since the intimation of team’s arrival reached on November 20, there has been hectic activity both at MGM and MY to fake a new and functional look. Several compliance reports were prepared and several other forms filled as part of preparations to face the MCI team.
Overnight the premises were cleansed of filth lying unnoticed for days and even months, all rooms housing offices and departments were re-decorated with new furnishing, all major wards were hauled up with fresh colour, new boards and nameplates were hung, unnecessary hoardings pulled down and closed-circuit cameras were repaired. The overhauling activity continued since November 21 till late Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Junior Doctor Association (JDA) president Dr Anand Rai has claimed that very less amount of the total budget is being utilised for educational activities.
“The amount being spent on education today is hardly one per cent. PG classes are not held regularly. What do they do with the lakhs of rupees they get?” he asked.
JDA has also prepared a ‘Pol Khol’ CD containing 40 photographs showing the cover-op operations being carried out at the MY Hospital. “We will hand over the CD to the MCI team on Monday,” Dr Rai said.