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Rinpas earns pat as birthday gift
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Two state-run heal hubs drew flak, while another bagged sops and freebies from none other than state health minister Rajendra Prasad Singh.

Addressing an audience of private and public medicine practitioners from across the state during the 88th foundation day celebrations of Ranchi Institute of Neuro Psychiatry and Allied Sciences (Rinpas) on Wednesday, Singh said both Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad and MGM Medical College and Hospital in Jamshedpur needed immediate attention.

Faculty crunch, facility crisis and infrastructural lapses plague the two state-run heal hubs. The minister had conducted a recce of RIMS in Ranchi, PMCH and MGM Medical College and Hospital last month.

“I have no hesitation to accept that the condition of PMCH and MGMCH is not good. I have to first improve it. I would call upon eminent doctors to support me,” said Singh.

The health minister may not be happy with PMCH and MGM, but Rinpas surely impressed him. And Wednesday being the institute’s birthday, the praises and the promises could not have been more apt.

Established in 1925 in Ranchi, Rinpas has upgraded itself in more ways than one.

“I first came here in 1989 to meet the brother of Bindeshwari Dubey (former chief minister of Bihar). My next visit was on August 21 this year, after more than two decades. My latest visit has wiped of all the misconceptions I had about this institute,” Singh added.

The minister promised to do the needful to fill up the vacant posts at the institute. At present, Rinpas is facing an acute manpower crisis. There is a dearth of around 300 employees.

Director of the institute Amool Ranjan said patient inflow has increased from 17,000 in 2002 to 1 lakh in 2012.

Later speaking to The Telegraph on the sidelines of the programme, Singh said, “It is not that easy to fill up vacant posts. I have to look into the budgetary allocation before going ahead. I know there is a dearth of around 300 staff and Rinpas is doing pretty good irrespective of all adversaries. But all of us are also aware of government procedures. Being the finance minister, all I can do is to prioritise the issue.”


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