Getting negative publicity for one or the other reason for a long time, the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) situated in Jalandhar finally appears to be on the road to recovery.
The institute has developed infrastructure, bought hi-tech medical equipment, recruited more doctors and got the nod to restart the MBBS classes for 150 students per batch. The patient count has also gone up, with 9001000 patients coming to the outpatient department (OPD) daily from different areas of Doaba. This number was between 100-150 a day in January this year when the institute witnessed a month-long strike by doctors and other staff due to shortage of funds.
The 400-bed institute had been marred by several controversies last year, including failure to pay salaries to doctors and other staff on time and clear electricity dues after which Powercom disconnected supply. In order to get the nod for starting MBBS seats for which the counselling is scheduled for Thursday, the institute has now managed to fulfill all norms of the Medical Council of India (MCI) after buying hi-tech medical equipment worth more than ? 10 crore and filling the vacant posts of doctors and para-medical staff.
According to resident director of PIMS, Kanwaljit Singh, in the last four months 17 vacant posts of doctors on regular jobs have been filled and the institute has also recruited more than 115 nurses and other para-medical staff. “The best example of our increasing strength is that we have got success in attracting senior specialists from other institutes,” he said.
Principal of the institute, Kulbir Kaur, said the number of indoor patients had also increased.
PIMS is being run by a society headed by water supply and sanitation minister Surjit Singh Rakhra on a 99-year lease from the state government.