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RANCHI: Doctors at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) were on their toes, holding files and waited to be grilled on Monday by a team of inspectors from the Medical Council of India (MCI). The team was on a trip to the institute campus to check if the increase in the number of undergraduate seats from 90 to 150 had been done in accordance with the council rules.

The team, comprising head of the department of anaesthesia, Banaras Hindu University, V Rastogi, professor in microbiology at the National Medical College Kolkata, Manas Sarkar, and professor, department of physiology, RG Kar Medical College Kolkata checked the infrastructure facilities at the hospital and expressed satisfaction.

Though they refused to officially share the observations saying that a report is to be submitted with the MCI headquarters following which a decision would be taken by the council, the team members gave some guidelines for improving the work culture.

RIMS sources said the team was highly impressed with the neuro-surgery operation theatre but was equally disturbed to see the overburdened medicine and neuro-surgery wards.

The team visited OPD and took an overview of the cleanliness drive. The team gave suggestions on improving the facilities for maintenance.

The teaching faculty who appeared for physical verification with photocopies of their documents had a bolt from the blue when MCI inspectors expressed their intent to verify original documents. Doctors, who earlier retired at 62 and are now serving on an ad-hoc basis, were taken aback when the team asked them to come up with original documents. While some of the senior doctors rushed to their home to come up with original documents, a handful senior doctors refused to produce them. One senior doctor on condition of anonymity said in the past 35 years he has never been asked to produce original documents. "I don't know if the MCI team is legally authorized to verify the documents which have already been verified at different levels during appointment," he said.

The team will also verify the number of post-graduate students and check their credentials. Former president of RIMS Junior Doctors' Association, Babu Mani Baski, said they were informed about the production of documents.

"We have prepared our documents and are waiting for our turn to come," he said. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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