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Medical teachers to work on facilities

The new office-bearers of the Bihar State Medical Teachers’ Association have promised to work on the “very challenging” tasks of improving infrastructure and shortage of teachers in state-run medi- cal colleges.

The names of the office-bearers, elected at a meeting on January 24, were announced on Monday. Dr Arjun Singh, head of orthopaedics department of Patna Medical College and Hospital, has been elected as the president.

Dr Rajiv Ranjan Prasad from Patna Medical College and Hospital and Dr Anil Kumar Singh from Nalanda Medical College and Hospital have been elected as general secretary and treasurer of the association, respectively, for 2013-14.

Terming his role very challenging, Dr Arjun Singh said: “The state government claims it has improved healthcare services but these are all false claims. Doctors at the state-run hospitals often don’t find basic things like painkillers and calcium tablets to give to patients. If we don’t provide our patients the basic things on time, how can we expect a good result? The infrastructure of the government hospitals is also very poor. I would definitely raise these issues with the government.”

He regretted that the payscale of government medical college teachers was less than that of teachers at veterinary and general colleges. Dr Singh said: “The low salary de-motivates the teachers from doing their job honestly. There is also a huge crisis of teachers in the government medical colleges. Many contractual teachers are working at the government medical colleges and we would demand that their services be regularised.”

Dr Prasad, said: “The Medical Council of India can de-recognise the government medical colleges at any time because of the crisis of teachers. The state government should regularise the services of contractual teachers in government medical colleges, otherwise things would turn worse.”

He promised to raise the issue of lack of medicines and paramedical staff at the hospitals with the government.