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MU depts battle for ?me & mine?

THE KING George?s Medical University IS now a wrestling ground for General Surgery and newly-carved Surgical Gastroenterology. But, there is no referee! Therefore, the show is going to be a WWE fun!

india Updated: Apr 19, 2006 23:58 IST

THE KING George’s Medical University IS now a wrestling ground for General Surgery and newly-carved Surgical Gastroenterology. But, there is no referee! Therefore, the show is going to be a WWE fun!

Both the departments want the lion’s share in the existing infrastructure for better patient care and to fulfill Medical Council of India norms for academic purpose.

But, the grapple for the share is gradually turning into an apparent fight with patients being the sufferers. The Gandhi Memorial And Allied Hospitals administration can intervene and sort out the matter, but it is unwilling to play a referee.

The bone of contention is the demand to give three office staff members and 4 Class Four employees to the new department.

The demand has made the head of the General Surgery run to the varsity administration. The reason is that the department is already short of staff as per MCI norms and with further ‘mining’, it may face trouble in running courses.

Another matter is related to the use of operating theatre on sharing basis. The OT number-1 of General Surgery Department was allotted to the Surgical Gastroenterology Department for three days in a week till new OT gets constructed.

However, letter from the medical superintendent’s office says the administrative charge of this OT would be with the head of the Surgical Gastroenterology Department. In his absence, the General Surgery Department will have an ad hoc of the OT.

Puzzled over the events, head of the General Surgery department Dr Ramakant has communicated them matter to the varsity administration.

“In past 30 years at least 10 new departments have been carved out from our department and with every new formation some of the administrative, teachingand clerical staff goes away. The same is happening with the formation of department of Surgical Gastroenterology,” Dr Ramakant said.

Interestingly, Dr Ramakant says the teachers who have joined the new Surgical Gastroenterology Department are yet to be relieved from their old department.

That means officially they are still part of the General Surgery Department.

He plans to shoot a letter to the vice- chancellor to get all the employees, who were transferred to other departments during past twenty years, back.

The problem of infrastructure is also disturbing the work in these departments.

The equipment purchased for the Surgical Gastroenterology department is locked in the rooms of the General Surgery.

One such matter was reported by a staff nurse. The nurse’s complaint to the head of the General Surgery Department, said the faculty from the Surgical Gastroenterology Department made her to open the resident doctors duty room and then they put up their own lock stating the matter was already discussed with Dr Ramakant. The same is the state of another OT in Trauma Centre and several other rooms in the department of General Surgery.

As the new department has been assured a place in the forthcoming Centenary Hospital the battle is sure to continue as the new complex is going to take at least another year to accommodate the new department.

“Surgical Gastroenterology came in to existence in December 2005 but we could not perform a single operation till date. There is no proper sitting arrangement for Out Patients Department, forget about operations,” Dr Lav Kakar, who joined the new department said.

Even, he said, the sincere efforts are being turned down and hurdles come uninvited just to restrict the progress in favour of the patients.

Surgical Gastroenterology Department has already got a grant of Rs 2.96 crores and has demanded Rs 4.71 crores more from the state to run M.Ch course. But with present situations it’s just the wrestling.

First Published: Apr 19, 2006 23:58 IST