The Medical Council of India (MCI) team led by three senior doctors is reported to have found several shortcomings during its surprise inspection conducted at Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, 30 kilometers from, here on Wednesday.
The last scheduled inspection in the college was done in May, 2011, following which it was allowed to fill 100 MBBS seats permanently till the next inspection in 2016. The college was expecting the MCI’s scheduled inspection in later half of the year after enrolling next session’s students. But the surprise inspection at the time when the college is yet to recoup from the recent faculty protest has come as big blow for its management.
In case of adverse report, the college, it is learnt, can be denied permission to admit students in the next session. And if that happens, it will be hard for its management to revive its beleaguered financial condition
Sources said the MCI team found faculty well below its prescribed standards. For instance, in the department of surgery, only five teachers were present against the requirement of 16. Similarly, medicine had just four teachers against 16. The paediatrics as well as gynaecology departments also had faculty much below the required strength.
Further, several of the wards in its 700-bed hospital were locked with hardly any patients either in its OPD and IPD wards.
Except few patients in the medicine ward, all other departments wore a deserted look, it is learnt. “The gynaecology department has not carried out any delivery in last two months now,” said sources.
Overall, the situation was much below the MCI standard, which wanted at least 60% bed occupancy.
A faculty member said the long protest by the college staff due to the non-payment of dues that was called off last month only, majorly affected college working. Nearly 20-30% staff left the job and the new faculty had yet not been hired so far.
“The MCI team literally made the head count today and were not happy with faculty shortage in the college,” said a staff member.
The college, it is learnt, was set up in 2006 and cleared all the mandatory annual MCI inspections till 2011. But the latest inspection might plunge the college into further crisis.
HT tried to contact college chief executive officer (CEO) Manish Jhakar several times, but to no avail.