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Hospital docs in line of fire

Silchar, Aug. 2: The governing body of Silchar Medical College and Hospital in Assam has warned senior doctors of the hospital to give up their “lackadaisical attitude towards patients”.

The warning came at a review meeting convened by Assam public health engineering (PHE) minister Goutam Roy, who is also the chairman of the governing body of the college and hospital, yesterday.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Cachar deputy commissioner Gokul Mohan Hazarika, superintendent of police Diganta Bora, principal of the college Shilpi Deb Barman, superintendent of the college Mrinal Dey and Sonai constituency legislator Anamul Haque, under whose area the college is located. The 36-year-old, 800-bed hospital is located in Ghoonger, about 7km south of here.

At the meeting, Diganta Bora said, “The ills of this college lies concealed in the totally indifferent attitude of a section of senior doctors in attending to their respective allotted duties while they remain busy pursuing their lucrative private practices.”

The superintendent of police expressed his ire in reply to college principal Deb Barman’s assertion that security needs to be beefed up in the hospital in view of the July 27 vandalism by relatives of two patients in the radiology wing. Both these patients were rushed there after an accident and died soon afterwards.

Bora said though he was strapped for manpower there would be no difficulty in deploying adequate number of policemen inside the campus in a round-the-clock patrolling if senior doctors were present in their shift-wise duties there. He made it clear that mishaps on the campus would be mitigated if senior doctors attended their duties on time.

Sources in the hospital said there was a severe crunch of doctors, now estimated at 177, while Guwahati and Dibrugarh medical college and hospitals had 517 and 437 faculty members respectively.

Hazarika and Dey laid stress on toning up the infrastructure of Silchar Medical College and Hospital. Dey suggested this could be done in the private-public partnership scheme. Roy assured the participants that he would try and discuss the matter with chief minister Tarun Gogoi within the next 10 days. Authorities of the hospital and public leaders of Barak valley would be invited to the talks.


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