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Rims status change a blunder, says top doc

Ranchi, Feb. 8: The issue of the upgradation of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) today snowballed with neuro-physician K.K. Sinha going on record saying the conversion of RMCH (Rajendra Medical College and Hospital) into Rims was a “big mistake”.

Sinha also happens to be a member of the Rims governing body. Addressing the open session at the annual convention of IMA (IMA-CON), Sinha, regarded as one of the most respected doctors in Jharkhand, said: “It was a wrong on the part of the government. It would have been better had they set up an institute separately. I feel sorry to see the deteriorating condition of Rims.” This was the first time Sinha bared his heart on the issue.

“I had told the then chief minister Babulal Marandi that an institute is not built with money or equipment. Employees make an institution. I told him that the government had enough money and land available and so it should build a separate super-speciality hospital,” said the veteran doctor, who usually shuns publicity.

He said: “Probably, the then chief minister had made up his mind to convert RMCH into Rims. One fine day, I came to know about the decision and that the inauguration would be done in a few days. I also came to know that I have been made a member of the Rims governing body. I wanted to know about the bylaws, rules and constitution of the proposed autonomous body. But that was not properly done.”

On the recent online inauguration of the upgradation of Rims by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Sinha said: “Nobody knows why Rs 120 crore has been given to Rims. This is shocking. Being a member of the Rims governing body, I have no idea whether it is for regional AIIMS or for the upgradation of Rims or for any other thing. There is total confusion there. Neither the Rims officials nor the government has any idea of how the money will be utilised.”

Speaking on the occasion, health minister Dinesh Sarangi said he was still firm on his demand that a separate regional AIIMS should be developed, keeping Rims intact.

“We will request the Centre once again to reconsider its decision on the issue. I had already conveyed our request for a separate regional AIIMS to the Centre and we were promised one. But we were disappointed after Jharkhand was not denied a regional AIIMS,” he added.

Chief minister Arjun Munda promised that all the graduates passing out from the three medical colleges would be given jobs in Jharkhand. He said his government was committed to stop the “brain drain” from the state.

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