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Jamshedpur, Jan. 25: Superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital has decided to act tough with errant doctors.

As the strike of non-gazetted employees entered the 13th day today, the situation at the government hospital deteriorated further. Family members of patients admitted at the hospitals are complaining that food and medicine are not been administered regularly.

The superintendent A.N. Mishra claims that the situation is not so bad. He said he is trying his best to make the doctors pull up their socks and attend to the patients.

He said he cannot treat them like children and see if they are performing their duty or not.

The superintendent said he would make a list of such doctors who are skiving and would send their names to the state health secretary for punitive measure.

Mishra, who is also the principal of MGM Medical College, claimed he has to move around the hospital and take note of each and every department personally. Hospital sources said there is some difference of opinion among the doctors and the superintendent.

Some say that doctors are not pleased with Mis- hra when he was given the additional charge of MGM superintendent after the removal of former superintendent R.Y. Chowdhury in December.

The differences between them came to fore during the non-gazetted employees' strike. After the agitating employees locked the gate of out patient department (OPD) some days ago, Mishra had made an alternative arrangement in the open, outside the OPD block, near the emergency block for treating the patients turning up at the hospital.

The sources said the superintendent has to stand there and keep an eye on the doctors so that they conduct their duty properly.

It is alleged that the doctors are asking the patients to leave and get admitted at some other hospital or nursing homes for treatment.

A doctor on duty at the OPD said the superinten-dent has developed a negative attitude against rest of the doctors.

"We are performing our duty sincerely but the superintendent thinks we are not doing so and goofing off in his absence. We cannot do anything if he thinks like that," said the doctor, on condition of anonymity.

Another doctor said: "We cannot understand why the superintendent is targeting us. We are doing our duty, attending to emergency cases, sitting in the open to treat patients at OPD session everyday but still he thinks we are skiving." source:telegraphindia

Staff strike hits MGMCH, Jamshedpur , docs turn away patients

Jamshedpur, Jan. 21: As the strike of non-gazetted employees entered the ninth day today, its effect reflected on the service of the doctors at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital.

Today, when a patient with his left leg fractured came to the out patient department (OPD) for the removal of his plaster, orthopaedic on duty asked him to remove it on his own at his home.

The patient, Subodh Gupta, was told to remove it by pouring water on the plaster, as no paramedics is available at the hospital to do it.

Gupta, who fractured his leg in a road accident, boarded an autorickshaw and went back home but before leaving he said he would visit a nursing home to get it removed.

Doctors at this government hospital are passing time leisurely as all the operation theatres (OT) have stopped functioning due to the strike.

As no patients are being admitted to the surgery ward, surgeons are making merry. Hospital sources said if some patients turn up at the hospital, the doctors are advising them to take admission somewhere else saying surgery cannot be held at the OT.

On Tuesday evening, two persons turned up at the medical college hospital with multiple injuries caused in a road mishap. The doctors on the emergency duty asked them to go to Tata Main Hospital as the surgery department there was functioning. The victims had no option but to leave.

A pregnant woman was also asked to leave and the doctors told the patient that the gynaecology department is not functioning as the staff were on strike.

Hospital superintendent A.N. Mishra is making an effort to ensure that no patient is asked to leave the hospital as the staff are on strike, especially the gynaecology department.

Mishra, also the principal of MGM Medical College, is devoting much of his time looking after the patients.

But sources at the hospital said the doctors are not fulfilling their commitments. Though the OPD is being conducted in the open but many patients are not being treated properly.

"God knows when the strike will come to an end. In such situation the patients are suffering very much. In the absence of adequate arrangement our services are also being affected," said Mishra.

He pointed out that he has succeeded in running the OPD in the open, but bringing normality in the surgery department is a big challenge for him.

Mishra said he had tried to make the operation theatres functional by carrying out fumigation but has failed as he did not get support from any of the technicians.

Amrendra Singh, a key functionary of the Jharkhand Non-gazetted Employees Federation, claimed that the medical college hospital is almost paralysed and they would continue agitation till their demands are met.

Source:telegraphindia.com

Junior docs firm on demands - Senior medicos, nurses lend support to strike

telegraphindia:Ranchi, Jan. 20: The junior resident doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are in no mood to call off their strike unless all their demands are fulfilled.

The medicos made this clear on Tuesday, a day after Governor Syed Sibtey Razi asked officials concerned to take necessary steps to end the strike.

But instead of giving into the pressure, the striking doctors stepped up their agitation that entered the sixth day today. They took out a procession on the RIMS premises. Further, vowing to make it a nationwide strike, they appealed to senior doctors and Indian Medical Association to support their cause. And the pleas did not go unheard.

Not only senior resident doctors of RIMS, even nurses working on contract basis came forward to extend moral support to the protesters. While the senior medicos showed their solidarity with their juniors by wearing black ribbons at work, the nurses decided to advocate for their cause. Even students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a number of medical colleges in Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan voiced their support.

In such a scenario, state health secretary Pradeep Kumar's attempts to convince the agitating doctors to call off their strike fell on deaf ears. Kumar visited RIMS around 4pm today. The governor had asked Kumar to personally talk to the doctors for ending the strike.

"We did not pay attention to the health secretary's statements because he had failed to fulfil our demands on January 1 despite giving a written assurance," a junior doctor said.

The doctors' demands are :
  1. Withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students
  2. Action against officer in charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city police deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan. The duo allegedly played mute spectators while residents of Bariatu Bustee beat up the junior doctors on RIMS campus on December 27, 2008.
  3. Construction of a boundary wall around RIMS campus
  4. Establishment of a permanent picket of armed jawans on the premises
  5. A provision for non-bailable warrant against those assaulting doctors on duty and
  6. Payment of proper salary to junior doctors.

Enter governor to end doctors’ strike - Talks held, decision likely today

 

Ranchi, Jan. 19: As soon as the Union cabinet today approved of the imposition of President's rule in the state, the Raj Bhavan took the matter of junior resident doctors' indefinite strike at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in its hands.

Governor Syed Sibtey Razi summoned chief secretary A.K. Basu, health secretary Pradeep Kumar and RIMS director N.N. Agarwal and directed them to take necessary steps to end the strike at the earliest.

He also asked his principal secretary Sudhir Tripathy to hold talks with the striking doctors and convince to come to an amicable conclusion.

Following the direction, a delegation of junior doctors was called to Raj Bhavan by Tripathy around 3pm. After an hour-long discussion, the junior doctors were asked to end the strike by night and health secretary was requested to convince the protesters to do the same.

The striking medicos are also taking the matter seriously. They started preparing for a meeting to chalk out a strategy in the changed circumstances.

Although Junior Doctors' Association spokesperson Kundan Kumar said chances of calling off the strike were slim tonight, he did not rule out the possibility of getting some positive result tomorrow. "We have convened a meeting that is expected to go on till late tonight. We will be able to say something concrete about our decision tomorrow," Kumar said. Meanwhile, the junior doctors ran a parallel outdoor outside the emergency ward of RIMS and treated more than 400 patients. They also took put a procession on the RIMS campus and convinced their teachers to extend moral support to them. They also spoke to patients.

"We are not inhuman like the bureaucrats and politicians of our state. We are eager to provide services to the poor all the time. But there is no one to look after us. We were beaten up inside our institute campus while the police played a mute spectator. And when tried to defend ourselves, the police implicated us in criminal cases. We are supposed to be the backbone of the institute, but we are not paid properly. In such a scenario, we do not have any other option but to go on strikes to attract the attention of the authorities," a junior doctor was heard telling a patient.

Meanwhile, 15 patients died in the past 24 hours and more than 400 patients left the hospital due to the absence of proper indoor services.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad, however, claimed that proper services were provided to patients. "More than 700 patients were registered at the outdoor unit while 23 patients were admitted today. We carried out eight major and 24 minor operations," he said. source:.telegraphindia.com

Doctors call for safety bill

Ranchi : Concerned over increasing incidents of attacks on them, state doctors have demanded an ordinance that would prohibit violence against them.

They have cited the example of Andhra Pradesh where such an ordinance is in place.

The doctors have submitted a memorandum, containing details of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance, to health secretary Pradip Kumar on January 2 in the presence of doctors and teachers of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), representatives of the junior doctors' association and members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Similar provisions for security of medicos have been made in other states too, including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Delhi.

"The Andhra Pradesh ordinance and similar provisions in other states have been successful in curbing violence against medicos in hospitals and nursing homes. Our state needs such an ordinance as violence against medical professionals are on the rise. The recent assault on the junior doctors of RIMS and the protest in Dhanbad against a woman doctor are cases in point," said Ajay Kumar Singh, in-charge of IMA, eastern region.

Section 3 of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance prohibits "any act of violence against medicare service persons or damage to property in a medicare service institution".

Section 4 says if "any offender, who commits any act in contravention of Section 3, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of three years and with fine, which may extend to Rs 50,000."

According to Section 5, "any offence committed under section 3 shall be cognisable and non-bailable". Section 6 (i) provides for compensation of damages while Section 6 (ii) says "if the offender has not paid the penal amount, the said amount shall be recovered under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Recovery Act, 1864." Source:telegraphindia

Strike bug bites RIMS once again - Junior docs stop work after 14-day lull

Ranchi, Jan. 16: After a respite of only 14 days, uncertainty once again gripped Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) as 400 junior doctors went back to their indefinite strike from yesterday midnight.

The junior doctors took the protest path as the health secretary failed to keep his promise of fulfilling their demands.

Though senior doctors were present to run indoor and outdoor services, absence of junior doctors in different wards naturally made a difference in the medical institute that is going to be converted into a super-speciality centre.

Unconfirmed sources said around 50 patients left the hospital and 10 patients died today, as no doctor was available to attend to them. "Many patients are planning to leave the institute tomorrow," a RIMS official said.

Relatives of several patients were seen running from pillar to post to get medical advice from senior doctors, who were not easily available. Nurses had a tough time looking after so many patients.

Sensing the gravity of the situation, director (health services) Jitendra Singh convened a meeting at the conference room of the RIMS director and cancelled the leave of all doctors, nurses and staff members of RIMS. He also directed the heads of different departments to get ready for night shifts.

Apart from this, Singh also asked the civil surgeons of districts to spare some doctors for RIMS. Following the request, civil surgeon of Ranchi Geeta Kanth spared six doctors while doctors from other districts are likely to arrive by tomorrow.

Junior doctors, however, were in no mood to relent this time. They, under the banner of Junior Doctors' Associa tion, staged a dharna on the corridors near the RIMS director's chamber to mount pressure on the government to fulfil their demands.

"Health secretary Pradeep Kumar tried to fool us on January 1 when he said he would look into our demands. It was a mere ploy to make us end our strike. But he has not taken any concrete steps yet," said Jitendra Singh Munda, the president of Junior Doctors' Association.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad, however, said that there was no impact of the strike on hospital services. "RIMS functioned normally. We provided outdoor services to 605 patients and admitted 10 new patients. We also carried out 19 major and 53 minor operations," he added.

Last time, the doctors had gone on an indefinite strike after being beaten up by the residents of Bariatu Bustee on December 27, 2008 over an accident on the hospital premises. The strike had continued for seven days.

The doctors called off the strike after Kumar promised to fulfil their seven-point charter of demands.

The demands included withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students and ensuring proper action against officer in charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city police deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan, who allegedly failed to protect the doctors while they were being assaulted.

Source:telegraphindia

Govt whip on striking RIMS doctors

Ranchi, Jan. 17: The state government has taken serious cognisance of the indefinite strike of the 400 junior resident medicos of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) that has virtually crippled healthcare at the premier medical institute.

Health secretary Pradeep Kumar has directed RIMS director N.N. Agarwal to take "necessary steps" to terminate the strike by Sunday.

He has threatened to take punitive action if the junior doctors fail to join their duty tomorrow.

Many patients lay unattended to due to lack of enough doctors on the campus today.

In a letter to Agarwal, Kumar has said that the third-year post-graduate students, who are to appear in the final-year PG examination, would be barred from doing so.

"The junior doctors have made it a habit to go on strike every now and then. We are informing the Medical Council of India (MCI) about this," said Kumar.

The health secretary has also said that Ranchi University would be told to cancel the registration of doctors who do not resume work by January 18.

The strike period would be treated as a "break in residency" and would have to be compensated later.

Even the Raj Bhavan has taken the strike of the junior residents of RIMS seriously. Today, Governor Syed Sibtey Razi called the health secretary and RIMS director and enquired about the strike.

"The governor has expressed concern about the ongoing strike as it has denied much needed healthcare to patients coming from far-flung districts," said a Raj Bhavan official.

The health secretary has issued a notice, directing RIMS director to cancel the leave of all doctors, teachers, nurses and paramedical staff till "further notice".

Meghraj Kundan, the spokesperson of Junior Doctors' Association, said they would have to decide on their next course of action together.

The junior doctors had started their indefinite strike on January 16 midnight after the 15-day deadline given by the health secretary to fulfil their demands expired on Thursday.

Earlier, the strike had begun after a scuffle with some local residents in which one doctor was seriously injured.

The demands of the junior doctors included withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students and proper action against officer in charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city deputy superintendent of police Mahesh Paswan. Source:telegraphindia

Striking docs cock a snook at warning

Ranchi, Jan. 18: Health secretary Pradeep Kumar's warning that punitive action would be taken against the junior resident doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) if they did not call off their strike by today had little impact on the protesters.

The junior doctors' indefinite strike entered the third day today even as services continued to be disrupted at the hospital.

According to reports, 29 patients have died till now while over 100 have been forced to leave RIMS due to the absence of proper treatment.

Though the services of 26 doctors from outside have been roped in, they could not fill the vacuum created by the absence of 400 junior doctors. Nurses also complained that they were facing difficulty in looking after the patients.

"We have to run behind the senior doctors as they are few in number and go home after sunset. The work pressure is too much to handle," a nurse said.

Family members of patients are equally distressed. "Doctors are not available round the clock at different units. They turn up only on call and immediately disappear," said Janamjay Singh of Latehar, who was seen sitting outside the casualty operation theatre.

Though complaints poured from the wards, the nurses at emergency unit gave a different picture.

"Services at emergency unit remained unaffected despite the strike. We attended to 40 patients in the emergency section today," a nurse said.

Director of health services Jintendra Kumar said efforts were on to ensure normal services.

"All departmental heads of RIMS have been instructed to take care of their wards. Doctors from outside are also being brought in. We had a discussion with the junior doctors this afternoon. They have been asked to join duty at the earliest," Kumar said.

However, RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad and Indian Medical Association (IMA) secretary Prabhat Kumar looked worried this afternoon. They were noticed discussing the issue outside the administrative building of RIMS with Prabhat Kumar.

Meanwhile, the junior medicos remained busy holding meetings till late in the evening. However, they refused to divulge what would be their next course of action in the face of the warnings given by the health secretary.

"We are yet to arrive at a decision on our future programme. Hence, we will not be able to say anything right now," said Junior Doctors' Association spokesperson Kundan Kumar.

Yesterday, the health secretary had asked RIMS director N.N. Agarwal to take "necessary steps" to terminate the strike by today.

In a letter addressed to Agarwal, he also said that if the junior doctors did not withdraw the strike, the third-year post-graduate students, who are to appear in the final-year PG examination, will be barred from doing so.

He had further warned that Ranchi University too would be told to cancel the registration of doctors who do not resume work by today.source:telegraphindia

Docs do fieldwork in strike hour

Jamshedpur, Jan. 15: The non-gazetted employees of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital today ousted the doctors from their chambers in the out patient department (OPD) repeatedly, as their strike entered its third day today.

The doctors were forced to check patients on the open field, resulting in inconvenience for both the parties.

The hospital superintendent, A.N. Mishra, intervened once and brought back doctors to their respective chambers, standing guard outside the OPD.

But the relief was short-lived.

As soon as he moved away, the protesters once again stormed the OPD and forcibly ousted the doctors from their chambers.

This time, the superintendent appeared with folded hands and requested the protesters not create panic among doctors and patients.

But the agitators paid no heed and kept shouting slogans. After ousting the doctors for the second time, they locked the OPD entrance.

Medical services were affected in the eye, ENT, surgery, medicine, orthopedics, skin and dressing room departments as a result.

Amid the growing foul stench that now fills the hospital rooms due to the lack of proper cleaning, indoor patients also languished.

The number of indoor patients dropped to 147, from the 340 found here on Tuesday, as patients started moving out.

Some, however, had no such luck.

"I have had a caesarean section. How can I shift? Unless my wounds heal to some extent, I cannot move," said Bhuiyandih resident Nisha Devi, recuperating in the maternity ward.

She said that she could bear the smell, but worried about her baby which may fall victim to the unhygienic conditions in the hospital.

The hospital superintendent admitted that services in the hospital had been affected. He, however, claimed that paramedical trainees were extending their help to run the hospital in the absence of staff.

"On Wednesday, I had brought in 47 paramedical trainees to keep the hospital functional. Today, I have brought in 50 paramedical trainees, bringing the number up to 97," he said.

He said that the agitating staff members were trying to create panic while intensifying the strike. As a result, the turnout of patients has drastically come down.

About 400 staff members of Grade III & IV have been on strike since Tuesday in response to a call given by the Jharkhand Non-gazetted Employees' Federation. Source:telegraphindia

State doctors demanded an ordinance to prohibit violence against them

Ranchi, Jan. 14: Concerned over increasing incidents of attacks on them, state doctors have demanded an ordinance that would prohibit violence against them.

They have cited the example of Andhra Pradesh where such an ordinance is in place.

The doctors have submitted a memorandum, containing details of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance, to health secretary Pradip Kumar on January 2 in the presence of doctors and teachers of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), representatives of the junior doctors' association and members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Similar provisions for security of medicos have been made in other states too, including Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Delhi.

"The Andhra Pradesh ordinance and similar provisions in other states have been successful in curbing violence against medicos in hospitals and nursing homes. Our state needs such an ordinance as violence against medical professionals are on the rise. The recent assault on the junior doctors of RIMS and the protest in Dhanbad against a woman doctor are cases in point," said Ajay Kumar Singh, in-charge of IMA, eastern region.

Section 3 of the Andhra Pradesh ordinance prohibits "any act of violence against medicare service persons or damage to property in a medicare service institution".

Section 4 says if "any offender, who commits any act in contravention of Section 3, shall be punished with imprisonment for a period of three years and with fine, which may extend to Rs 50,000."

According to Section 5, "any offence committed under section 3 shall be cognisable and non-bailable". Section 6 (i) provides for compensation of damages while Section 6 (ii) says "if the offender has not paid the penal amount, the said amount shall be recovered under the provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Recovery Act, 1864."source:telegraphindia.com

RIMS blood bank set for major upgrade

Ranchi, Jan. 13: The Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences blood bank, that is a reliable resource point for patients from across the state, is now set for a major upgrade with a team of drug controllers visiting its laboratory today to oversee equipment prior to giving a final go-ahead.

The upgrade will see various improvements, namely the provision to separate three components of blood from one sample — packed red blood cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma. This means that three patients could benefit from one single donation, making RIMS the first state-run institute here to offer such facilities.

R.K. Srivastava, in-charge of the RIMS blood bank, said the drug controllers needed to visit the institute and inspect its potential before issuing a final authorisation to start the facility.

The Central Drug Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) team comprised a drug inspector, Rubina Bose, an expert from Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), Upendra Kumar, and a local drug inspector, Surendra Prasad.

The team, which began inspections around 10 am, took a look at the equipment and checked on the levels of skill of all lab technicians. The drill continued till late evening. It is now scheduled to present a report to its parent organisation.

Srivastava is hopeful. "If and when approved, RIMS will be the first government-run institute in the state to offer blood separation facility," he confirmed.

RIMS blood bank is already stocked with equipment like a Cryofuge to separate packed cells and deep freezers to keep plasma at temperatures between minus 40°C and minus 80° Celsius.

It also houses Cryo Bath for providing a cold bath to the component, Plasma Thombing Bath, Cell Counter, Laminar Flow that ensures 100 per cent clean air during the process of separation and Platelets Agitator that stores platelet concentrates in continues motion at controlled temperatures.

K.K. Singh, who will look after the separation work with the help of technicians Mahendra Prasad and Rajiv Ranjan, has been working very hard to ensure the laboratory was in good shape before today's visit by drug controllers. "The equipment, which will be used for blood separation, cost over a crore and it is a big achievement for us to have them in our blood bank," he told The Telegraph.

Singh explained the separation facility will help stop misuse and wastage of blood. "Now people requiring platelets will be provided only platelets and will not be supplied red blood cells and plasma as is the existing practice. This will ensure proper use of each component of blood," he said.

As of now, RIMS blood bank can store 500 units of blood at a time and provides blood — in lieu of a voluntary blood donation — free of cost to patients admitted there. At times, it also provides blood for other hospitals on demand charging a processing fee of Rs 350 per unit.

The blood bank is run by a team of 10 technicians, five trainee technicians, two nurses, seven attendants, apart from the three doctors who include Srivastava, the in-charge. It also has a psychologist who counsels visitors about the advantages of blood donation and restricts entry of professional donors.

Source:telegraphindia

Synergy - 22-day sports & cultural fest begins at RIMS

Ranchi, Jan. 9: The long white coats were gone. So were the fat textbooks and the note pads. In their place, jeans and colourful T-shirts, not to forget the willow, dominated the show.

The MBBS students of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) bid adieu to the classrooms as they took to the field today to take part in a game of cricket — a favourite winter sport.

And the fun has only begun with a host of other games lined up for the next 21 days.

The 22-day festival of sports and culture, Synergy-2009, began on the RIMS campus, today. Vasundhara, a senior doctor of the hospital, inaugurated the festival in the presence of hundreds of RIMS students and professors.

The action started with a cricket match between the students of 2005 and 2007 batch. The game began around 9am and continued till 12.30pm. The 2005 batch won the toss and elected to field.

Batting first, the 2007 team put up a score of 78 runs in 16 overs.

The seniors gave a befitting reply by scoring 79 runs at a loss of seven wickets in just 15 overs to emerge the winner.

Raj Kumar, a student of the 2005 batch, was declared the man of the match.

The second match was played by the teams of 2003 and 2004 batch. The game started around 1pm and went on till 4pm. The 2003 team won the toss and decided to bat. They scored 117 runs in 16 overs while the opponents finished at just 85.

Rakesh Ranjan, 2003 batch, was declared the man of the match.

Although the girls played the role of mere spectators, they had a gala time rooting for their classmates.

"I have never seen people playing cricket in such colourful clothes like our classmates," said a student.

Media in-charge of the event Nawal Kumar Singh said the games would continue till January 31.

"Other than cricket, we will have kabbadi, kho-kho, badminton, volley ball, carrom, chess and football matches. We will also organise cultural programmes between January 28 and 30. The event will come to an end with Saraswati Puja on January 31," he added.

Singh said the purpose of the programme was to promote sports and spread awareness about culture among medicos.

He said more than 2,000 people including medical students, para medical staff and teachers, have joined hands to make the event a success. Source:telegraphindia

Teacher crunch a learning block at MGM college

Jamshedpur, Jan. 8: Inadequate number of teachers has left students at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in the lurch.

The worst victim of the staff crunch is the quality of education in most clinical departments here.

The college has 104 sanctioned posts of teachers (professors, associated professors and assistant professors) but at present only 40 per cent of the positions are full.

Out of 13 departments, only five have professors and the rest of the posts in the other departments are vacant.

Gynaecology, paediatric, eye, ENT and medicine departments have professors but students at surgery, orthopaedic, clinical pathology, skin, radiology, radiotherapy, anaesthesia, intensive care unit (ICU) and intensive care critical unit (ICCU) are doing without the required number of guides. This apart, paediatric, eye, skin, orthopaedic, radiology, anaesthesia, clinical pathology, radiotherapy and surgery departments are also running without associate professors.

In the absence of adequate number of professors and associate professors, the quality of education has deteriorated. And as a result, students are now in two minds on continuing their education here.

However, the college principal is confident of tiding over the situation soon.

Principal of the college A.N. Mishra conceded that the medical college is facing severe staff crunch, specially with professors and associated professors but he said he has initiated the process of filling up these vacant positions soon.

According to Mishra, he has suggested that some assistant professors be promoted to the post of associated professors and associated professors as professors. In this regard, he sent a recommendation list and hopes it would materialise within January and March this year.

"I have recommended some teachers and am positive that the staff crunch would be sorted out soon," said Mishra, adding that the authorities in Ranchi are also looking into the matter and are trying to fill up the posts soon in the interest of the students.

Sources in the college's department of health and medical education is res- ponsible for such crisis situation. "As the health department does not have a clear cut policy of promoting teachers in the medical college, many qualified teachers have left after being neglected for a long time," a source in the college said. source:telegraphindia

Bypoll over, RIMS docs ready to push demands

Ranchi, Jan. 8: The declaration of the Tamar by-election results has made the junior doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) a happy lot.

Their happiness has nothing to do with any political allegiance, though. Rather, it stems from the hope that all their demands placed before health secretary Pradeep Kumar to end their strike will now be fulfilled.

The junior doctors went on an indefinite strike on December 27 after being beaten up by the residents of Bariatu Bustee over an accident on the RIMS campus. They called off the agitation last Thursday only after Kumar assured to meet their demands. However, he had requested the doctors to wait till the Tamar by-elections got over.

General secretary of Junior Doctors' Association Vijay Prakash Singh Tomar told The Telegraph: "Now that the election is over and the results are out, the time has come for Kumar to act." 

The demands included withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students and proper action against officer-in-charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city police deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan. According to the doctors, the duo had played mute spectators while they were being assaulted.

Other demands are construction of a boundary wall around RIMS campus, establishment of a permanent picket of armed force jawans inside the premises, a provision of non-bailable warrants against those assaulting doctors on duty and payment of proper salaries.

Kumar is also serious about fulfilling his promises. When contacted, he said: "I have taken certain measures. But, I will be able to say something concrete tomorrow."

Meanwhile, jawans of Jharkhand Armed Police are maintaining a vigil on the RIMS campus round the clock. Besides, 140 private security guards have also been deputed. But, students still feel unsafe in their hostels.

"There are two official and 10 unofficial entrances at RIMS. Outsiders and criminals sneak into the premises," a RIMS student said.
Source:telegraphindia

Campus recruitment was conducted at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Jan. 6: After techies and business graduates, it is the turn of doctors to get placements.

Campus recruitment was conducted at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College today by a team from Meghalaya. The team comprising officials of the Meghalaya state government and an NGO Citizen Forum selected 11 interns (resident junior doctors) after the campus selection on MGM College premises.

MGM college sources said the selected doctors would receive their appointment letter within a month. The successful candidates would be posted in the government hospitals in and around Shillong.

According to the sources, the Meghalaya government had expressed their interest to recruit some doctors from other states to the NGO.

The NGO officials got in touch with the Jharkhand government and conducted the recruitment drive. The campus selection conducted by the team today lasted for five hours.

The campus interview started from 10am today.

A.N. Mishra, the principal of the medical college, said it is a great opportunity for the students. This is the first time campus recruitment was conducted at the medical college in the city, he said.

"It is a great day for the government as representatives from another state selected fresh interns from the medical college to help the people of another state," said Mishra.

"Recruitment of doctors through campus selections at medical colleges was something unheard of and generally takes place in engineering and business schools. Fortunately the medical students got offers from other states with good pay pack- age and perks," said the principal of government college.

Mishra said the interns would get a handsome salary, free accommodation and car for the job in Meghalaya. He said the salary would be around Rs 33,000 per month.

He said the Meghalaya government had plans to recruit 30 interns but as various hospital and medical centres in the state already absorbed most of them they took only 11.

"They wanted to take in 30 interns and we informed the students about it. But only 11 turned up and incidentally all of them got the job," the principal told.Source:The Telegraph.

One of the selected candidates, on condition of anonymity, said the job would give him the exposure and would be a highlight on his CV. "I would join the job immediately after I get the appointment letter. I wanted to work in other states as it would help me in getting jobs in future," she said.

"Moreover, I will be a new experience as I would get the chance to treat people living in hilly areas that is climatic and topographically diffe- rent from Jharkhand," said the intern.

Bed relief to MGM hospital

Jamshedpur, Dec. 31: Patients at the MGM Medical College and Hospital may soon have a comfortable stay as authorities are investing in fowler beds.

Hospitech, a Malaysian bed brand, can be adjusted to suit the needs of patients. A consignment of 225 beds, including 25 fowler beds has been delivered to the hospital.

That's not all. Hospital authorities have received 10 tables, too.

Sources said former hospital superintendent R.Y. Choudhary had taken the initiative to change hospital beds, which have been damaged over the years. He had placed an order with an agency to supply beds to the medical college and hospital. In addition to the beds, order for 300 mattresses had also been placed.

The beds and tables have cost the hospital around Rs 17,75,000 while the mattresses have the cost the authorities around Rs 2 lakh.

Of the 25 fowler beds, 15 have been placed in the emergency room while 10 in the burn-care unit of the hospital. New labour tables have also been placed.

Dr Ashok Singh, the deputy superintendent, said the move is part of the modification programme. "Hospital authorities had plans to replace the beds since long, but due to lack of funds, the initiative could not be taken. The former superintendent had placed the orders for us," he said.

Now, A.N. Mishra, the principal of MGM Medical College, has taken over as hospital superintendent. On his first day as hospital superintendent, he took rounds of various departments this morning and took stock of the facilities available here.

During the inspection, Mishra scanned the kitchen and interacted with patients in various wards and asked them their opinions on services provided to them. "The ambience of the hospital is not right. I need to work on it," said the new hospital superintendent.

While speaking to The Telegraph, Mishra said, all that matters in a hospital is the quality of service. He said when the hospital has qualified doctors and necessary infrastructure, why should it not stand up to the people's expectations. "It makes no difference, whether a patient is given a costly bed or an ordinary one, but the treatment must always be super," he said.Source:.telegraphindia

Junior docs call off RIMS strike

Ranchi, Jan. 1: The six-day strike by junior doctors at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) was called off after a marathon meeting this evening.

Jitendra Singh Munda, the president of the Junior Doctors Association (JDA), said: "We have agreed to call off our strike after receiving assurances that our demands will be fulfilled. If that does not happen, we will be forced to think of a fresh agitation."

Munda said the state has agreed to provide security to doctors and to take action against police officials responsible for ill-treatment of doctors on last Saturday.

Munda added, "We have also demanded that our hostels should be surrounded by a wall so that outsiders can not get easy access."

Earlier in the day, the health department had stepped up efforts to end the indefinite strike. A few senior officials of the department and RIMS professors held talks with the representatives of Indian Medical Association to find a solution to the stalemate. They also held a discussion with some members of the JDA at the chamber of deputy director of RIMS and tried to persuade them to call off the strike.

The junior doctors launched the agitation last Saturday after residents of Bariatu bustee beat them up over a minor accident on the RIMS campus. Around 64 junior doctors sustained injuries in the attack while the police allegedly played mute spectators. Four FIRs have already been filed in connection with the case.

The doctors were not ready to resume work unless their demands were met. They were clamouring for the suspension of the officer-in-charge of Bariatu police station, Waquar Hussain, and city deputy police superintendent M.R. Paswan.

Meanwhile, indoor patients continued leaving the hospital in the absence of proper medical services. Today, the number of patients dropped to 356 from 398 while three more patients died.

A round of the different wards on the first floor of the hospital revealed that there were only 12 patients at the Dr J.K. Mitra unit, while the figure was 11 at the unit of Dr K.K. Singh. Dr J. Singh unit had just six patients while seven patients were present at Dr R.K. Jha unit.

Patients complained it was difficult to find doctors after 1pm. "Nurses have to run to call doctors in case of emergencies," a patient said. A nurse at the casualty operation theatre said only one major and four minor operations had been carried out in the past 24 hours.

Services at intensive care unit were also hit. A patient from Kutchery, Surendra Munda (23), was found lying dead on bed 1134 while his wife sat crying beside his body.

A relative said that Munda died due to the delay in prescribing medicines. However, RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad maintained that services were normal.

"Other than the regular doctors of RIMS, 53 doctors have been brought in to ensure proper medical aid. Today, we treated 122 patients at the outdoor unit and carried out eight major and six minor operations. We admitted 10 new patients, did 12 CT scans and 11 USGs," he said. Source:telegraphindia

 
 
 

No relief for RIMS patients

Ranchi, Dec. 31: As the strike of junior doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) entered its fifth day today, the number of patients suffering from lack of medical treatment soared but there were no official records of the same.

Unconfirmed reports claimed that the number of indoor patients had dropped from 447 to 398 and six more people had died.

An RIMS staff member said only 200 patients had received medical services in the outdoor ward today while only 10 minor operations were carried out.

RIMS superintendent I.B. Prasad, however, claimed that situation was returning to normality. "After 51 doctors arrived from other government hospitals, we could treat 325 patients at outdoor units and carried out one major and 13 minor operations. We admitted 10 new patients, carried out 15 CT scans, 22USGs, 40 X-rays and 151 pathological tests," he said.

Hospital sources said that most of the patients who are at RIMS are those who are either not in a position to go anywhere due to financial reasons or those who can wait for treatment for a longer time.

"The patients admitted at RIMS get food and medicine free of cost. If they leave, they will have to spend a heavy amount on treatment elsewhere. So, they prefer staying at RIMS. More than 50 per cent of the indoor patients are admitted at orthopaedic department and can wait for a longer time," a nurse said.

"The crisis will continue as only 51 doctors have come from outside to replace 400 junior doctors," a staff member said.Source:telegraphindia

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