Dhanbad, Aug. 23: A three-member Medical Council of India (MCI) team today visited Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) — the lone state-run medical college in the district — to carry out an inspection.
The team — comprising A. Saili of Government Medical College, Jagdalpur; G.R. Kathraj of Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi; and S. Sengupta of Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Calcutta — arrived at the campus around 8.30am.
The team split into three groups and toured the departments of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmocology and medicine, besides visiting classrooms and hostels to take stock of infrastructure facilities. The visiting doctors, accompanied by principal of the college Arun Kumar Chaudhary, also held talks with the heads of the departments.
"A team from MCI has come on a pre-scheduled inspection. The inspection will end tomorrow," Chaudhary said.
According to sources, the team expressed concern over the pathetic state of the hostels and the poor sanitation system at the hospital.
Alarmed, the Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) urged the MCI team not to derecognise the college on these grounds as it would affect the career of more than 300 students pursuing MBBS courses in various disciplines at the institute.
"Instead of derecognising the college, MCI should mount pressure on the state administration to appoint new teachers and promote existing ones to cope with the manpower crunch," said IMA, Dhanbad chapter, president A.K. Singh.
PMCH, established way back in 1971 at Patna and later shifted to Dhanbad in 1977, has all clinical departments, including surgery, but is facing an acute scarcity of teachers.
In fact, many of its departments, including psychiatry, have been shut down in the absence of adequate number of faculty members. The radiology department is doing without a specialised teacher.source:telegraphindia.com