Work hard, but don’t expect to be paid much. That’s what the state government seems to be telling the doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
The finance department has yet again sent back the draft of the much-delayed RIMS Regulations to the health department as it is apparently unhappy with some of the clauses, the major one being a proposal to pay the doctors on a par with their counterparts at Delhi’s AIIMS.
The health department has now been asked to make a fresh presentation in the presence of officials from the personnel and law department on Thursday.
The largest state-run hospital has been doing without the Regulations since it was upgraded from Rajendra Medical College and Hospital to RIMS in 2002. The first draft was formulated in 2003 and had been revised at least a dozen times since then. But it failed to please the finance mandarins even once in the past decade.
Confirming that the Regulation draft had been sent back, joint secretary of health department V.K. Mishra told The Telegraph: “It has been returned with certain queries and recommendations.”
Asked whether the proposed salary hike was the main hurdle, he hesitantly added, “Actually, the finance department has pointed out that if RIMS doctors were to be paid salary on a par with AIIMS doctors, then their qualifications will also have to be up to the mark. We have been asked to make a fresh presentation to the finance department in the presence of secretaries and senior officials on Thursday. We will try our best to convince the finance department.”
Indian Medical Association (IMA), Ranchi chapter, batted for the doctors.
President Dr J.K. Mitra, who is associated with the medicine department of RIMS, said, “Hope you remember that in January-February, RIMS had advertised for the post of 12 doctors for the new super-specialty wing? Nine posts are still vacant.”
S.K. Choudhary, officiating director of RIMS, admitted that the Regulations was an over-delayed issue. “Who does not know that salary is a big issue here? It is one of the reasons why many good doctors are not showing interest in joining this institute.”
A senior finance official refused to say anything. “A meeting is scheduled tomorrow (Thursday). It will be better to talk after that,” he said.