A TEAM from the Medical Council of India (MCI) will arrive in Bhopal on February 1 for inspection of post-graduate (PG) courses being run in the Gandhi Medical College (GMC), even as the shortcomings pointed out by the MCI during inspection of undergraduate courses nearly two months ago have not yet been overcome as desired.
During three-day inspection from November 24 in 2006, the MCI team had indicted the GMC authorities for severe equipment and staff shortage. The team had also inspected the remaining four medical colleges of the State at that time and the reports of all institutions were full of shortcomings on several counts.
The MCI had then threatened de-recognition of the State’s medical colleges due to the deficiencies. Now, the possibility of de-recognition seems to be looming large again over the GMC as the MCI is to begin a fresh round of inspections of PG courses beginning February 1.
GMC Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) president Dr Vineet Gour expressed fears that the MCI team could severely reprimand the college, as most of the shortfalls pointed out earlier by the MCI had not yet been rectified. “The sword of de-recognition is hanging on the GMC and the other medical colleges of the State as the authorities have not been able to address the problems highlighted by the MCI during its earlier inspection,’’ Dr Gour told the Hindustan Times on Tuesday.
During the inspection of undergraduate course, the MCI team had found glaring shortages both on staff and equipment front in the medical college then. “As per the MCI report, the medical college did not have an endoscopy machine, ECG machine, USG facility, CT scan machine and was dependent on the Kamla Nehru hospital for the same,’’ Dr Gour claimed.
“Besides, the Hamidia Hospital did not have generators, ventilators and Central Oxygen line in the ICU and the dialysis machine was also reported to be malfunctioning,’’ he added. The Cancer Ward in the hospital was also not functional.
“The college administration was going at a snail’s pace as far as filling up all these gaps was concerned,’’ Dr Gour alleged. “The future of students could be in jeopardy due to the administration’s lackluster attitude,’’ he averred.
On the contrary, medical college authorities maintained that there was no threat to the recognition of the medical college, as the PG inspections were not connected to the inspections of the undergraduate courses carried in November.
“An MCI team would arrive for inspection of PG courses in the Orthopaedics department on February 1 followed by inspections of other PG departments like Paediatrics, Pharmacology and ENT,’’ GMC’s affiliate Hamidia Hospital’s Superintendent Dr V K Pandya said. Dr Pandya added the inspection was a periodical one and the MCI team would mainly look into the availability of teaching staff, clinical material and equipment.