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Nod eludes PMCH boss resignation

Patna Medical College and Hospital superintendent Amar Kant Jha Amar has sent a letter to the health department saying he does not want to continue as its superintendent.

According to sources, the department has still not accepted Singh’s resignation. The sources said Amar wrote the letter to the department about 20 days back. “At present, the department is thinking about Amar’s replacement,” said a well-placed source in the department.

Amar did not deny either: “Yes, I have written to the health department citing that I am not willing to continue in the post anymore. However, the final decision has to be taken by the department.”

In the history of PMCH, a superintendent resigning happened very rare.

Arjun Singh, who was superintendent before Amar, resigned from the post but Singh’s condition was different as he held two positions — superintendent and the head of orthopaedics department.

However, the decision of the health department to ask Singh to continue in only one post seemed ironical because his predecessors O.P. Choudhary and A.K. Pandey were the heads of the ophthalmology and medicine departments, respectively, while holding the post of superintendents also.

Sources close to Amar said the decision behind it was inspired by his willingness to serve as additional director (medical education) in the health department, a post which is lying vacant for the past 10 years. Amar, however, said: “Officials of the health department have suggested me to apply for the post. It was not my intention.”

Apart from Singh, Amar’s recruitment on the post of PMCH superintendent was also controversial.

“Amar was recruited when he was only an associate professor while according to the rule, only professors can be posted as hospital superintendents. The government promoted Amar from associate professor to professor after his recruitment as PMCH superintendent to evade any controversy,” said a PMCH doctor on condition of anonymity.

Amar has been a popular boss also. Deputy superintendent Bimal Karak said: “Amar has been the most successful PMCH superintendent in the last 10 years. The way he dealt with Saran midday meal tragedy and Hunkar Rally blasts are really commendable. He showed that he is a perfect team leader in those moments. It would be a great loss for the PMCH if Amar resigns from the post,” said Karak.

On the other hand, a senior doctor who did not wish to be named, said: “Amar has proved the most inefficient PMCH superintendent. He has made many false promises. One of his promises that elderly people would not have to wait for their turn in outpatient department, as they would be given priority. Amar had also said that the geriatric ward would be opened in the hospital but still it has not been done.”