Rush to rope in teachers for PMCH

Jolted by the observations during a recent Medical Council of India inspection team, both the state government and the authorities of Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) have sprung into action to fill up the vacant teaching positions at the institution.

By Praduman Choubey in Dhanbad
  • Published 13.02.18
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NOW HIRING: Patliputra Medical College and Hospital
in Dhanbad on Monday. (Gautam Dey)

Dhanbad: Jolted by the observations during a recent Medical Council of India inspection team, both the state government and the authorities of Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) have sprung into action to fill up the vacant teaching positions at the institution.

On Monday PMCH issued a notification for recruitment of junior resident doctors. Prior to this on February 6 the state health, medical education and family welfare department had also invited candidates to fill up 35 vacant senior resident posts. So far only four candidates have joined, including two, on Monday.

The department has also decided to plug the shortage of professors by promoting associate professors.

On February 6, a three-member MCI team had expressed dissatisfaction at the shortage of teachers at the institution and had stressed on immediate filling up of the vacant positions.

The medical college has a 60 per cent shortage of professors, 20 percent shortage of associate professors, 70 per cent shortage of assistant professors, 43 per cent shortage of tutors and senior residents each and 87 per cent shortage of junior residents.

Explaining the reasons for the faculty crunch, PMCH superintendent Dr Kamshwar Biswas said, "Many junior residents quit to join the NRHM schemes while others left to pursue postgraduation."

However, a former PMCH junior resident, who now works for Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences-Patna, said the remuneration offered by the college to junior residents-Rs41,000-against that offered by other hospitals such as RIMS (Rs 60,000), fails to lure candidates.

Principal Dr Arun Kumar said, "The state health, medical education and family welfare department had issued a notification for the appointment of seven tutors and senior residents on February 6 out of which four have joined the institute till date,"

Sources in the PMCH said filling up the vacant posts is crucial as the MCI after its annual inspection allows a month's time to plug the lacunae for continuation of the MBBS course.