A Medical Council of India (MCI) team found Patliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) short of teachers and nurses to retain 100 MBBS seats, sources witness to the team’s inspection said on Tuesday.
“After verifying the teachers’ strength, MCI members said the institution (PMCH) is not fit for retaining 100 MBBS seats,” a professor of the medical college said on anonymity, fearing action.
The three-member team, which inspected PMCH on October 16 and 17, took serious note of vacant professor posts in five departments -- ENT, eye, anatomy, radiology and microbiology. The inspectors were also miffed over associate professor vacancies in physiology and anatomy departments, and lack of a doctor in the radiology department, the sources said.
The MCI team inspected PMCH as a follow-up to additional chief secretary K Vidyasagar’s undertaking in August, which promised to fulfil the council’s guidelines at the Dhanbad medical college and Jamshedpur’s Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Hospital in three months. After getting the undertaking, the MCI allowed the medical colleges to retain 100 MBBS seats each for the 2016-17 session.
The team found a dearth of nursing staff at PMCH – only 25 against the sanctioned strength of 288 for 556 beds. The MCI did not count nurses hired through outsourcing.
Principal Dr Arun Kumar and superintendent Dr Ranjan Pandey claimed that the inspectors returned satisfied. “Barring a few, the college has sorted out major deficiencies pointed out by the MCI in May last,” the principal said.
Though MCI inspectors -- Dr D Abhibardan (Andhra Pradesh), Dr Marija J (Karnataka), and Dr Kanti Jaiswal (Uttar Pradesh) -- refused to talk to media persons, they asked the PMCH principal and superintendent to sign on their report mentioning the deficiencies.
The MCI team also refused to count services of three senior retired professors hired on a one-year contract.
Inspecting the rural health centre at Govindpur, Dr Jaiswal took note of the dilapidated condition of the labour room, malnutrition centre, and OPD.