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Specialists, water top medico list
- Students to launch protest after MCI team leaves

Siliguri, April 17: Vacant posts at specialist levels is plaguing the commencement of new departments and the running of existing ones at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital at Sushrutnagar, about 7 km from here.

The only referral hospital for the six north Bengal districts, the 500-bed institution also gets patients from Sikkim, Assam and Nepal.

The undergraduate students’ union, representing about 500 MBBS aspirants, had submitted a memorandum to the principal a few days ago, seeking redress for problems plaguing the medical college.

“We are waiting for the Medical Council of India (MCI) teams to finish their inspection, after which we will launch an indefinite agitation,” said Manish Roy, general secretary of the union. The union leaders are likely to hold a meeting tomorrow to decide on this, as the last of the MCI teams completed their inspections today.

Some of the grievances are:

lLack of drinking water in hostels and wards of the hospital

lAppointment of specialists in the new cardiology, nephrology and neurology departments

lAppointment of a radio-physicist to run the radiotherapy unit, lying defunct for seven months.

NBMCH sources said professors and assistant professors from other medical colleges in the state have been “transferred” here to fill the requirements for a satisfactory report from the MCI teams, which were here to inspect the conducting of the post-graduate examinations.

Udayan Ganguly, the principal of the medical college, however, said the transfers usually took place around March-April. “It is a coincidence that the MCI inspection took place at the same time,” he said.

The principal also said the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority is working on a proposal to supply filtered water from the Fulbari treatment plant. “Till then, we will fill the overhead tanks with water drawn from deep tube-wells,” said Ganguly.

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