Jammu doctors reject proposal to rope in 'outsiders'
Medical education minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din's decision to rope in faculty for some departments in the Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) here from outside the hospital has drawn flak from the hospital faculty, with some of them walking out of a review meeting on Friday to express their resentment.Updated: Jan 10, 2014 21:35 IST
Medical education minister Taj Mohi-ud-Din's decision to rope in faculty for some departments in the Super Specialty Hospital (SSH) here from outside the hospital has drawn flak from the hospital faculty, with some of them walking out of a review meeting on Friday to express their resentment.
The minister, who had called a meeting to review the SSH's functioning, had said he was planning to rope in Dr U Koul, director of a private hospital, for the cardiology department of SSH.
However, after the minister pointed out the lack of coordination among doctors in the department, the head of department and other faculty members registered their protest, alleging that "such doctors who had earlier left government hospitals could not prove to be a boon for the patients". They denied the lack of coordination and said the issue had been "blown out of proportion".
Following heated arguments with the minister, the doctors left the meeting in protest.
Sources said the minister has called another meeting of the faculty members on Saturday, which dr Koul has also been asked to attend.
Jammu Medical Teachers' Association said it has taken note of the move to impose outsiders on top positions in SSH, and was considering boycotting the meeting with the minister, as the members were "reluctant to sit in the meeting with an outsider".
A doctor in SSH said, "The minister's charge that a particular doctor is not letting his juniors function is not true. Small points of difference prevail everywhere, but it is not the basis to impose outsiders, especially a person above 70 years. How can a person over 70 years perform a faultless surgery?"
The minister has directed the SSH authorities to reopen the operation theatres that have been shut for the last 15 days, with surgeries of all departments to be performed in two theatres.
This directive was opposed by the doctors, who said operation theaters were designed for surgeries of particular disciplines, and all theaters should be made functional.
First Published: Jan 10, 2014 21:33 IST