Ahmadi comes rushing to pacify senior consultants
BHOPAL MEMORIAL Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) trust chairman Justice A M Ahmadi who never bothered to come here all through the 42-day-long strike of the staff recently, came rushing on Thursday to pacify angry senior consultants of the hospital.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 12:08 IST
BHOPAL MEMORIAL Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) trust chairman Justice A M Ahmadi who never bothered to come here all through the 42-day-long strike of the staff recently, came rushing on Thursday to pacify angry senior consultants of the hospital.
He had a formal meeting with senior consultants on Friday evening to gauge their mood and also apprise himself of their grievances. He was apprised about simmering discontent among senior consultants, who had sided with the management during the agitation of junior residents and other staff of the hospital.
According to informed sources, problem had begun when Dr Madanmohan, a member of BMHRC Trust, convened a meeting of senior consultants during his visit to Bhopal in connection with recent ophthalmologists’ meet.
During the meeting, when senior consultants aired their grievances and demanded a raise in salary and commission given to them on treatment of private patients, they were reportedly snubbed by Dr Madanmohan. Some of the
doctors had even come out of the meeting feeling humiliated. A couple of days later vice-chairman of Trust Mohammed Shafi Qureshi came to Bhopal and during his interaction with the doctors and other authorities of the hospital, he feared prospects of another round of agitation at the hospital, this time by the senior consultants.
He immediately advised Justice Ahmadi to handle the situation personally before it went out of hands, according to sources. The sources said that Justice Ahmadi asked the senior doctors to ignore what Dr Madanmohan might have said, adding the views expressed by him (Madanmohan) were ‘personal’.
Justice Ahmadi was also informed about unnecessary secrecy maintained by the hospital management. Senior consultants said that during the strike, there was hardly a meeting of senior consultants with the management and they would come to know about developments through media.
Justice Ahmadi, however, said that demand for raise in salaries should not be pressed at this point. He also apprised himself of circumstances leading to prolonged agitation by staff but refused to meet leaders of the staff.
Justice Ahmadi reportedly said that he did not recognise the leadership and next time when he visits Bhopal, he will meet the staff collectively and also make announcement regarding hike in their salaries.