The Medical Council of India (MCI)’s executive committee has submitted its recommendations to the Union health ministry, standing by its decision to cancel permission for renewal to North Municipal Corporation’s first medical college associated with Hindurao hospital that started operations only last year.
This effectively leaves it to the new government to take a call on the medical college’s fate for the current academic year.
The MCI has said that the college, affiliated to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, has a shortage of 22 per cent in faculty and 32 per cent in resident doctors’ ranks.
According to the report, a year after the medical college was started, “special investigations are not performed in radio-diagnosis and investigations are not performed in cytopathological investigations”. Mandatory committees do not exist at the hospital. Residential accommodation is only available for eight residents against a requirement of 35, the report said.
The report also notes that “paramedical staff is inadequate in forensic medicine, community medicine and pharmacy”. Other deficiencies include the absence of separate medical, surgical and respiratory ICUs at the hospital. The report also notes that the hospital does not have research and practical laboratories for physiology and biochemistry, among others.
According to the report, the hospital does not have mandatory approvals of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board for radiation safety. Radiology equipment at the associated Hindurao hospital had expired as also the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test (PNDT) approval for prevention of sex-determination of foetuses in pregnancies, no logbook was being maintained for X-rays and ultrasounds, and the license of the blood bank, too, had expired in December 2012, among others.
“The model code of conduct is in force, so no decision can be taken. Technically, the health minister can overturn the MCI’s recommendations, but it is not usually done,” an official said. The medical college was the first in the city to be started by the municipal corporations. The college had admitted 50 students last year and sought permission to continue with the same number of students in the second academic year.
The MCI has also denied permission for the third batch of Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, the other medical college whose renewal permission has been denied, under Jamia Hamdard University. In its report, the MCI has said there is a 7 per cent shortage of faculty and “inadequate workload” in the departments of histopathology and cytology”.
The MCI found that disaster trolley is not available in the hospital casualty, there are no demonstration rooms in several departments including TB and chest, psychiatry, opthalmology and ENT departments…”