North Delhi corporation’s first medical college, whose license renewal was rejected in April by the Medical Council of India (MCI), has received sanction to admit its second batch of students for the 2014-15 academic session.
North corporation Standing Committee chairman Mohan Bhardwaj said the medical college, associated with Bara Hindu Rao hospital, has been approved by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to admit its second batch of 50 students for the MBBS degree.
After inspections in 2013, MCI had communicated its recommendation to not renew the hospital’s licence to the previous government on April 28. The outgoing government left the decision to the new one, since the model code of conduct was in force. MCI had given the hospital time till June 15 to submit compliance reports on the shortcomings listed by the body.
The MCI’s executive committee had said in its report that the North civic body’s medical college had a 22 per cent shortage of faculty and a 32 per cent dearth of resident doctors at the hospital. MCI also found that special investigations were not performed in various disciplines including radiodiagnosis, and cytopathology.
Mandatory committees like the pharmaco-vigilance committee, which monitors reactions of drugs or complaints of spurious drugs, were not formed. The report also noted that there was no separation between medical, surgical and respiratory ICUs at the hospital.
The hospital also did not have mandatory approval from the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board for radiation safety as radiology equipment at Hindu Rao hospital had expired. Even the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Test approval for prevention of sex-determination of foetuses in pregnancies was found to have expired.
North corporation commissioner Praveen Gupta said the municipal body had “duly addressed the deficiencies pointed out by the MCI.” “These include shortage of faculty, lack of hostel accommodation and labs. The required faculty have been hired and we will be hiring more soon. Besides, suitable hostel accommodation has been provided.”
Gupta said future initiatives for improving the medical college under Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has been proposed, including a new building for the college, WiFi facility, library and reading room.