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Medicos are the worst raggers- UGC database - UP colleges tops the list, ahead of MP, Karnataka

A database of complaints received by anti-ragging helpline set up by the University Grants Commission (UGC)  shows that medical colleges are the most notorious for ragging cases.

Colleges in Uttar Pradesh are at the top of the list of bad repute, logging 31 of the 153 complaints of ragging from medical colleges all over the country recorded by the helpline from 2009 to March 2012 .

Medical colleges in Madhya Pradesh come second with 15 incidents, followed by Karnataka from where students have lodged 12 complaints.

Rajendra Kachru, whose trust has recently been assigned to see the day-to-day affairs of anti-ragging helpline and portal, told Deccan Herald that  incidences of ragging are exceptionally high in medical colleges when the data is put against the total number colleges: 355.

"Medical colleges are very less in number. Since 2009, the helpline recorded as many as 153 complaints only from medical colleges. It's a matter of serious concern," he said.Whereas the number of engineering colleges is over 6,000, only 666 ragging incidents were reported from them.

The anti-ragging help line has received 11 complaints of ragging from medical colleges in Tamil Nadu, 10 each from West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand. New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Uttaranchal contributed one each to the total number.

MCI apathy

Kachru blamed Medical Council of India (MCI) for the rampant ragging in medical colleges.

"Firstly, ragging has been a long tradition in medical colleges. Institutions like IITs also had it in past, but regulatory bodies like AICTE took strong initiatives to curb such practices. Awareness drives were launched and they yielded the desired result. Ragging in IITs now is almost non-existent. But in the case of medical colleges, such things are missing," he explained.

He said it was "very difficult" to communicate with the medical colleges and their students as "the MCI is not pro-active".  

He said all the regulatory bodies, including Indian Nursing Council and Pharmacy Council of India, often attend yearly meetings organised to discuss anti-ragging programmes.

"But MCI hardly participates in such meetings. Some junior officer would come, just to mark the MCI's attendance at the meeting," Kachru added. source-deccanherald.com

Preparing for the reply of notice sent by the Jharkhand high court to RIMS doctors

 The authorities of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are preparing the reply of a notice sent by the Jharkhand high court on why licenses of the doctors should not be cancelled for participating in a daylong strike on Monday. The reply is to be submitted on July 11.

Justice Alok Singh of the high court sent the notice to the RIMS director, the government of India, state chief secretary and the health secretary on June 26.

Over 8,000 doctors participated in the Indian Medical Association-sponsored strike. The high court has taken cognizance of the matter after media reports accused the doctors of dereliction of duty.

RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said, "I have asked the heads of various departments of the hospital to submit details of attendance of doctors to check who was present in the hospital and who was not."

Unconfirmed sources said a few doctors who had observed strike, however, marked themselves "present" in the attendance register. The RIMS director, however, has denied it. "All such reports are wrong. I will check the attendance of the doctors and confirm it," said Mahto.

The court also asked the RIMS to furnish the details of deaths that occurred because of the doctors' strike on Monday. "We are collecting all the details and will provide the answers to the court," said the director.

Meanwhile, Saturday was the last date for the admission to PG classes of Ranchi's premier medical college RIMS. It will continue till late night. Around 170 candidates have so far submitted their applications for 185 seats.

The admission has been going on for the past two months. Half of the seats are reserved for candidates from other states.source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Jharkhand high court notice to govt on doctors' strike

 Jharkhand high court judge Justice Alok Singh on Tuesday sent notices to government of India, Jharkhand chief secretary, health secretary, and RIMS director and asked them why licences of doctors should not be cancelled. Taking suo moto notice of the doctors strike on Monday, the judge asked the state health secretary to furnish details of how many abstained from work on Monday and how many deaths occurred due to it. The next hearing is scheduled for July 12.

Over 8,000 doctors abstained from work on Monday as part of a nation-wide strike. Apart from few extremely critical patients, the doctors did not attend to any other patients.

All doctors have returned to work on Tuesday and examined patients in the out patient departments (OPDs) in RIMS, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital (MGM hospital) in Jamshedpur and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad. Some of the pending surgeries were also carried out at RIMS, sources said.

IMA Jharkhand chapter secretary Sekhar Chaudhary said, "Medical service has been restored and things are running smoothly. The strike was just a symbolic one through which we wanted to attract the government attention." At city's Apollo Hospital, patients were treated as usual. "All the pending surgeries which were slated to take place have taken place. Things are normal," said hospital director Shahid Ansari. City's Curie Abdur Razzaque Ansari Cancer Institute also performed pending cancer operations. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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