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Jharkhand: MCI concern over infrastructure in PMCH

Jharkhand: MCI concern over infrastructure in PMCH

The Pataliputra Medical College Hospital (PMCH) has come under the scanner of MCI over its initial report on the infrastructure of the college.

In addition, the medical college hospital has also been asked to furnish details of its public private partnership (PPP) projects (envisaged), basis which a final MCI report will be prepared to decide that the medical college will be allowed to undertake admissions to 50 MBBS seats for its fourth batch MBBS program of 2016-17.

In an email to the state health, education and family welfare department on February 16, the apex medical body has clearly implied in its expression that the medical college hospital lacks adequate infrastructure facilities, which broadly includes shortage of faculties, resident doctors, attendants and diagnostic equipment.

As confirmed by TOI, the copy of the letter, which has been furnished to PMCH principal A K Singh and health secretary K Vidyasagar, claims the compliance, that was supposed to be inspected by subcommittee of the council, was partially corrected.

“Therefore, the college has been directed to re-submit the point-wise satisfactory compliance within seven days from the date of dispatch,” the email reads.

As further implied in the compliance report given to it by the PMCH management last year, there is a reported shortage of close to 30% than the number actually required by the college. In addition, there is roughly a shortage of 89% at the senior resident doctor level and another 87% for the junior residents. Radio-diagnostic equipment and shortage of beds in wards has been clearly underlined in the MCI report.

As reported by TOI, when contacted, PMCH principal confirmed having received the letter. “The report is based on inspections of November. We have covered ground since then and overcome most of the shortcomings,” Singh said. The principal, however, did not elaborate on how many posts in the faculty are left to be filled.

Though the brass of the health department, including health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, remained busy in the annual budget session in the state assembly, a senior officer said, “A review meeting through video conferencing is scheduled on Saturday. The details of compliance will be taken and passed on to the MCI”. The MCI inspection reports of Ranchi and Jamshedpur medical colleges are awaited.

Source: with inputs from TOI
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