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RIMS doctors have not been paid salary for the past two months

RANCHI: Life has become difficult for around 700 doctors of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS). Many of them have taken car and home loans but they do not have the money to pay the equated monthly instalments (EMIs). The creditors are harassing them for the money. The doctors have not been paid salary for the past two months.

"We are exclusively dependent on the salary we get from the hospital after 30 days of hard work. As we used to get regular salary, we did not think twice before taking the loans. Now the EMI collectors are after us," said a doctor who joined the hospital two years ago.

Recently a group of doctors, under the banner of RIMS Doctors-Teachers' Association (RDTA), called upon RIMS director Tulsi Mahto to register their grievance. They even threatened the hospital management that they would stop working if they were not paid regularly.

"All the doctors are disappointed. We have been intimating the management about the issue for the past few weeks but to no avail," said Dr Prabhat Kumar, RDTA secretary. The move has come at a time when the number of patients at the RIMS has increased manifold because of rising temperature in the state. In normal times too, the hospital remains crowded as there is a shortage of doctors.

Members of the RDTA had formally registered their grievance on May 21. It has been over a week but the fate of the doctors still looks uncertain. "The senior doctors who are established in their profession can manage a month or two without salary but what about the junior doctors?" asked senior doctor J K Mitra.

Those suffering include 300 junior doctors, assistant professors, associate professors, professors and resident doctors. The doctors are dependent solely on salaries as they are not allowed to practise outside. All of them are without pay since April.

S N Chaudhary, the RDTA president, said the RIMS administration was not considering the issue (salary of doctors) on a priority basis. The state government has allotted funds for salaries to the doctors. But still doctors are not getting the salary as the issue of non-practicing allowance (NPA) has come up. "With the allotment of funds, a directive has come from the government that NPA is not to be given from this funds," said an RDTA member. NPA applies to all posts for doctors at RIMS and it is for the first time that NPA has been denied to the doctors.

"Rules (for the RIMS) of the state government are yet to be made and RIMS's own rules and regulations are also not specific. In such a scenario how can such a decision be taken," asked Chaudhary. RDTA members are planning to meet Jharkhand health minister Hemlal Murmu and principal secretary K Vidyasagar.

The doctors are ready to settle the NPA issue later but demand immediate payment of salaries. "The management should at least pay our salary," a doctor demanded.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto refused comment on the issue. "The matter is under consideration and it will be sorted out on a priority basis," he said. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com

No cut down in RIMS, Ranchi seats - MCI

The state's premier hospital and medical college, the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences(RIMS), will not cut down the number of seats for admission to its MBBS course this year.

About a week earlier disappointment had run through the aspiring doctors in the state as speculation was rife that the Medical Council of India (MCI) would cut down the MBBS seats at the RIMS from existing 150 to 90.

A few months ago, an MCI team, which was unimpressed with the state of affairs at the hospital, had threatened the RIMS with de-recognition. The RIMS was asked by the MCI to improve the medical college's academic and medical infrastructure.

The MCI team had found several important posts in the hospital vacant. Many posts of the resident doctors were vacant and rather than making fresh appointments, the hospital was trying to give extension to some of the existing doctors. Other mandatory MCI guidelines were also not being followed as desired by the regulatory body. The institute was given three months to improve the state of the afairs.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said, "I received the confirmation (of not slashing MBBS seats) from the MCI on Monday evening. The MCI is satisfied with the improvement that has come at the RIMS and after carrying out a re-inspection, the MCI members have altered their views."

The RIMS will now take 150 students for its MBBS course in 2012-13. There is a 50 % reservation on MBBS seats for students from Jharkhand at the RIMS but now 75 seats will be reserved for them. The remaining 75 seats will be open for students from across the country.

Former RIMS director S N Chaudhary said, "There is already a stiff competition for 75 seats among the students of Jharkhand."

Till 2010, admission to MBBS course was offered at the RIMS to 90 students. In June last year, the MCI had approved increasing the number of MBBS seats at the RIMS. But only one year later, the RIMS's capability to teach MBBS to 150 students was challenged.

"People with vested interests had provided some misinformation to MCI investigators after which they had threatened to cut down the number of seats," said the RIMS director. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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