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MGM Jamshedpur under MCI scanner

Jamshedpur, Aug. 23: A three-member Medical Council of India (MCI) team will inspect Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital on August 26 and 27.

The statutory body will be inspecting the government medical college after a gap of six years. The last inspection was in 2004.

"We are ready for the inspection. Apart from infrastructure, the MCI team will take stock of faculty strength and doctors, number of patients and other facilities," said superintendent of MGM Medical College and Hospital S.S. Prasad.

Prasad, who took charge recently, did not rule out a disaffiliation threat. "The medical college and hospital faces derecognition as facilities are not up to the mark," he said.

In order to impress the MCI team, the hospital administration has initiated a cleaning operation. While the main building has got a fresh coat of paint, cleaning staff was engaged to salvage old and unused items from the wards and corridors. A cleaning drive was also initiated at the operation theatres and OPD.

During the last inspection too, the medical college faced a disaffiliation threat due to acute shortage of teaching staff. The statutory body, which grants affiliation to medical colleges, had set a deadline for filling up the posts.

The health department acted with alacrity and appointed about 100 doctors.

in the vacant posts. Following the MCI directive, the hospital also came up with an operation theatre (OT) for gynaecology patients.

In 2004, the MCI team had pointed out several irregularities in the functioning of the hospital and the college. It had directed the college authorities to take steps to plug the loopholes.

Former senior executive member of MCI Gajendra Thakur said the team would also visit Jamshedpur Blood Bank and Tata Main Hospital where students of the medical college undergo training.

Regarding the application for increasing seats of the medical college from 50 to 100, he said unless the guidelines of the statutory body are followed, the proposal would not be approved.source:telegraphindia.com

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