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PMCH chief proposes, govt disposes

The health department is in no mood to accept the resignation of Patna Medical College and Hospital superintendent Amar Kant Jha Amar though he wants to relinquish the post for “age reasons”.

The department feels that doctors cannot decide about their posts. Deepak Kumar, principal secretary, health department, said on Wednesday: “Amar has expressed his desire not to continue in the post anymore but the government would decide whether he would continue in the post or not. At present, we have no intention to relieve him as he is doing a good job as PMCH superintendent.”

Sources said Amar wanted to resign as he wants to work as additional director (medical education) — a post lying vacant for the last 10 years.

On Tuesday, Jha said the health department officials had suggested him to apply for the post. However, on Wednesday, Amar changed his stand saying he had suggested the department to get him promoted to the post as he was unable to serve the post of superintendent because of his age.

“I took the decision only after I felt that I was unable to discharge duties as PMCH superintendent. I had informed the principal secretary about my problems. There are many responsibilities and duties of a superintendent of a hospital which I am finding unable to execute at this age. I am already 65. A superintendent should be between 55-60 years of age,” he said.

Interestingly, the dermatologist quickly added: “But the main problem is that my practice is getting hampered. Everyday, I leave PMCH very late and find 150-160 patients waiting at my private clinic. At this age, I want a job in which I feel comfortable.”

The job of additional director (medical education) is not as strenuous as that of running a hospital as it is mainly a supervision job.

Amar said the health department was not taking any stand because many heads of departments have said they were not willing to take the post.

However, principal secretary Kumar said the health department had not asked Amar to suggest any name: “We did not request him to think a replacement.”