RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said some new departments like nephrology and gastroenterology should be set up separately for which the detailed project report (DPR) was to be sent to the health department with the details of the number of professors in the departments. "The governing body also recommended creating 320 posts to be set up for doctors in line with the Medical Council of India requirements in which the final call will be taken by the health department. All the development work going on the premises should be completed as soon as possible," he added.
Asked from when the NPA would be resumed, the director did not specify any time but merely said "as soon as possible".
The meeting was held amid protests by the RIMS-appointed doctors, RIMS teachers' association, the employees' organization and the contract nurses. The doctors were demanding implementation of the RIMS service rules as soon as possible. "It has been 10 years since the RIMS had been formed but the service rules have not been formed yet. If the rules are being framed, it will be easier for doctors to function in a proper manner," said Ashok Kumar Sharma, secretary, RIMS Employed Doctors and Teachers Association.
Secretary of the Jharkhand Medical Teachers' Association Prabhat Kumar said they had submitted their demands to the governor's adviser K Vijay Kumar and other officials in the health department. "We are demanding promotion benefits, assured career promotion (ACP) benefits like their counterparts in other states and we should be recognized as government employees so that we get the post-retirement benefits," said Kumar.
Karamchari Sangh president Ram Dhan Ram said some of their demands included extension of medical facilities to their family members, upgrading the workers to Grade III and filling up of many vacant posts. The contract nurses demanded that their salary be at par with permanent nurses.
Director Mahto said various demands put up by the doctors and the contract nurses would be looked into by the administration. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com
If you are planning to visit Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for treatment, chances are that you may have to return empty-handed from the medicine counter.Medicines for heart, eye or gynaecological ailments, among several others are hardly available in the stores. Patients are often told to procure it from outside stores.
The only medicines available here are the ones that one is likely to find in every household. These include paracetamol, dilona, cetrizene, etc. The patients, mostly coming from poor households, are forced to spend hefty amounts in purchasing medicines from private stores. A government hospital should ensure that medicines are available to patients free of cost, instead of making the situation worse for them.
A patient who was returned from the medicine counter said, "There were six to seven medicines for heart problems. I knew that medicines are hardly available here but I went in the hope that I may get it this time. But I was proved wrong. All that they had were medicines for mild fever, cough and running nose, which are available everywhere. I will now have to get these medicines from outside, which will cost me more than Rs 1000."
Another patient echoed similar sentiments. He said, "I came here in search of medicines for my eyes but not a single medicine is available here, not even eye drops."
Ajay Kumar Singh, former vice president, Indian Medical Association (IMA) said, "There are enough funds with RIMS which should be disbursed for medicines. People sitting at the counters have a callous attitude towards the patients seeking medicines." He added many politicians who are in need of medical help prefer going to other metro cities for treatment. "There should be a will to upgrade the medical system here so that nobody is forced to go outside and all the medical facilities are available here," said Singh.
S K Chaudhary, the medical superintendent at RIMS, cited the problem of fulfilling the formalities of tenders as the reason behind non-availability of medicines. "All the departments submit the list of required medicines after which the tender process starts. This happens once a year. At times, there are some companies which make only one kind of medicine, which is why they do not qualify for bidding. These are the problems we are facing owing to which medicines are not available in the counters," said Chaudhary. source-timesofindia.indiatimes.com
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