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SCB progress plans go slow

Cuttack, Oct. 10: The Orissa government is apparently making tardy progress in filling up posts of assistant professors created “for expansion and strengthening of medical education and patient care” at SCB Medical College here.

The government had created 26 posts of assistant professors in different departments of the premier medical institution last year. But the recruitment process has not started till date.

Official records indicate that the creation of these 26 posts had received concurrence of the finance department more than five months ago. The creation of these posts of Orissa Medical Education Service Cadre had also received the governor’s sanction.

The delay came to fore during adjudication of a PIL on insufficient patient care service in several departments of the medical college and hospital. The PIL sought judicial intervention against alleged lack of doctors at the hospital. The secretary of the health and family welfare department and director of the medical education and training had also made personal appearances before the court in connection with it on September 26.

High court-appointed amicus curiae Pravat Ranjan Das said: “The two-judge bench of Justice B.P. Das and Justice I. Mohanty had since directed the state government to send a proposal to the Orissa Public Service Commission for starting recruitment process for the posts of assistant professors created for different departments in SCB Medical College. The court expected compliance of the order within one week.”

Official records indicated that five posts had been created for general medicine department, three each for paediatric and gynaecology departments, two each for orthopaedic (casualty), surgery (casualty), medicine (casualty) and biochemistry departments and one each for transfusion medicine, psychiatry, orthopaedic, emergency medicine, rheumatology, haematology and hepatology departments.

Creation of 34 posts of senior resident doctors at SCB Medical College had also received concurrence of the finance department and sanction of the governor. The state government planned to create 18 of them “by way of re-designation / reallocation of equal numbers from the existing posts of tutors” in the anatomy, physiology, forensic and toxicology, pathology, pharmacology and social prevention medicine departments. The other 16 posts had been sanctioned for medicine, paediatrics, tuberculosis and chest, skin, psychiatry, surgery and orthopaedics and ENT departments, the records further indicated.

The government had also sanctioned 478 additional beds for SCB, which, at present, has a bed capacity of around 1,200. Of these, while 252, 100 and 57 beds were for medicine, orthopaedic and surgery departments respectively. The rest were sanctioned for gynaecology, skin, nephrology, hepatology and endocrinology.

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