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Surgery and gastro depts to share facilities

AFTER SEVERAL rounds of accusation in the past one week, heads of the General Surgery and the newly formed Surgical Gastroenterology department at KGMU, have mutually consented to work in coordination and trust. This has been agreed, as the new department is yet to establish its own infrastructure.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2006 01:20 IST

AFTER SEVERAL rounds of accusation in the past one week, heads of the General Surgery and the newly formed Surgical Gastroenterology department at KGMU, have mutually consented to work in coordination and trust.

This has been agreed, as the new department is yet to establish its own infrastructure.

However, patients coming to the new super-specialty unit will have to wait for the facilities for some more days, as the site for OPD of the new department will be decided by the medical superintendent of Gandhi Memorial and Allied Hospital.
In a meeting of the heads with dean Dr SK Agrawal today a decision was taken in writing to share beds, space, operating theatre, equipment and infrastructure till the new department develops all of them independently.

Dr Ramakant signed the agreement for the General Surgery and Dr Anoop Wahal signed the paper for Surgical Gastroenterology department.

It may be mentioned that the formation of the new super-specialty department has been done on the basis of a GO and initially Rs 2.96 crore was provided for establishment and fresh recruitment.

Things moved further and a consensus came to separate the new department and as interim measure the new department will continue to use the infrastructure of the general surgery department.

However, a tussle started for use of OPD, operating theatre and even junior residents of the hospital. Doctors of both the departments stated their position to be correct in the wake of patients coming to the hospital. This led to an intervention by the varsity authority and a decision to maintain status quo was then taken.

On Saturday, the two heads and the dean sat together to discuss the issue and took a unanimous decision.

“The decision has been taken to work in coordination and even the use of operating theatre will be upon mutual consent to save the interest of patients.

This arrangement will run till we make entirely separate arrangement,” said Dr Anoop Wahal.

First Published: Feb 05, 2006 01:20 IST