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Smooth sailing on Day?II of MCI visit

WHAT CANNOT be cured must be endured. This probably explains the mood at MGM Medical College and MY Hospital at the end of the two-day Medical Council of India (MCI) visit on Tuesday evening. This was the mood not just of the College and Hospital authorities, but also of the visiting team members.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 00:20 IST

WHAT CANNOT be cured must be endured. This probably explains the mood at MGM Medical College and MY Hospital at the end of the two-day Medical Council of India (MCI) visit on Tuesday evening. This was the mood not just of the College and Hospital authorities, but also of the visiting team members.

“We just observe the lacunae and report accordingly, but MCI can neither force the college nor the State Government to implement the suggestions. Only after certain limit, the weapon of ‘de-recognition’ is taken out but the length of the rope to pull things on and on varies from place to place,” Dr Shrivas, one of the MCI team members, said.

Explaining the procedure during an informal chat with media persons at the College, Dr Shrivas said, “After the team goes back from any college, it submits its report. The MCI executive council, which has three Supreme Court nominees, meets within 15-20 days and sends its observations to the concerned college, which is given a chance to put across its side.”

“It’s only after that the final report is made and sent to the Dean of the College,” he said, adding, “Now, the college concerned may be given chance(s) depending on how grave the missing things are.” “But we can only suggest and not force. De-recognition is the ultimate weapon. But I don’t think any government can afford to lose recognition of its colleges when there is a race for opening private colleges,” Dr Shrivas, who hails from Haryana, said.

When asked about the main criterion on which the MCI team rates the performance of any college, he said, “We are bothered mainly with three things. Adequate staff, proper infrastructure and availability of equipment.”

“For instance, MCI is not bothered if the staff is permanent, ad hoc or temporary. We want sufficient number of teachers, how they are appointed is not our concern. During the visit, we go for a headcount, wherein we ask for the person’s physical presence, TDS certificate, a government of India’s photo identification card like passport or PAN card and his appointment letter along with his own declaration. Now, in spite of all this, if they are going to fake something, the Dean would be in jail for furnishing false TDS certificate.”

“Same is the case with equipment. We are not bothered if the CT scan machine is owned by the hospital or run on contract. What we are bothered about is whether the given machine or equipment is available for the patients,” Dr Shrivas added.

Earlier, on day two, the three members of the MCI team distributed jobs among themselves and started work since early morning.

Dr P N Agrawal visited the Primary Health Centre adopted by MGM Medical College at Harsola near Mhow while Dr C A Desai stayed put at the College to complete paperwork and asked for various documents. Dr Shrivas visited three places – the boys’ and girls’ hostel, the nursing hostel and the TB Hospital.

At the outset, Dr Shrivas visited the girls’ hostel, including the new block where the girls were shifted just two days ago, and inquired about the arrangements of food and mess. He also questioned the wardens about the number of facilities provided keeping in view the safety of girls.

At the boys’ hostel, he visited two blocks, the gymnasium, the recreation room and the mess. Among other observations, his two important suggestions were tree plantation on the huge hostel premises and making available daily newspapers and magazines for the hostel inmates.

Dr Shrivas then visited the nursing hostel and also the TB Hospital. At the TB Hospital, he inquired about equipment and the number of wards, number of in-patients etc. However, unlike Monday’s whip lashing, Tuesday’s visits at all places were a smooth ride.

The team members continued to stay put at the MGM College in the second half to complete all paperwork and related formalities. Dr Shrivas will be proceeding to New Delhi, where he will hand over the report to the MCI executive council on Wednesday itself.