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Surprise visit for MBBS fate

A Medical Council of India team made a surprise inspection visit to Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) on Thursday.

Sources said the Medical Council of India (MCI) team’s visit assumes importance for the premier medical college because it would decide the fate of MBBS course at the college. The MCI team would submit a report on the basis of which it would be decided whether or not to renew permission for the institute to admit students into its MBBS course.

Sources said the team’s visit was all the more important because last year MCI had denied permission for further admissions into its MBBS course, pointing out many anomalies.

Among the anomalies was junior resident crunch and lack of auditorium and hostel facility for the students. It was only after chief secretary A.K. Sinha gave an undertaking and chief minister Nitish Kumar wrote to Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad seeking his intervention that the MCI relented and renewed permission for admission into the institute’s MBBS course.

“Today (Thursday), on the first day of the MCI team’s inspection, they checked certificates of the doctors and hospital staff. From junior residents to head of the various departments concerned, the MCI team checked everyone’s certificates, voter ID cards and PAN cards. While some doctors and employees had their certificates on them, others could not show all papers because they lived outside the hospital campus and were not prepared since it was a surprise visit by the MCI team. The doctors and employees, who could not show all their certificates, have been asked to do so on Friday,” said an IGIMS faculty member on condition of anonymity.

The teacher said: “The MCI team is not going to reveal its report now. They would send the report to their headquarters, which would probably send the report to the college in 10-15 days. It seems, the MCI would give a positive report this time because most of the deficiencies pointed out last year have been taken care of. For example, last time there was a serious crunch in junior residents at the college, but three months ago, the health department appointed around 250 junior residents. Besides, construction of the auditorium and hostel building has begun.”

However, another source at IGIMS said the institute might face problems because not a single delivery has taken place in the gynaecology department since the hospital came up. “There are doctors in the gynaecology department but lack of paramedics and infrastructure is the reason no delivery has taken place. We hope the MCI team does not highlight this problem in its report. The new director, N.R. Biswas, is a very efficient person. He should be given time to rectify the deficiencies,” said a teacher of IGIMS who did not wish to be named.