The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has decided not to relieve three doctors who have been recalled by the state government. The three doctors,who were on deputation of PCMC,have been working in the Post-Mortem Centre of PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital for nearly two decades.
The decision not to relieve the doctors has been taken by Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi following a report in Newsline on September 24. The civic chief has written a letter to the state government stating that PCMC will not relieve the doctors until its own doctors get properly trained in handling the autopsies… We have also urged the state government to provide replacement doctors, said PCMC health chief Dr Anil Roy.
Newsline had reported that the state government had recalled three doctors who have been working with YCM hospitals Post-Mortem Centre for 19 years. The government had put the PCMC in the dock as it had no trained doctors to carry out the autopsies.
The three civic doctors whom PCMC had newly assigned to the Post-Mortem Centre had conveyed their inability to carry out the work. The doctors had written to the civic chief,informing him that they were neither trained nor physically fit to do the autopsies. Two of the doctors had said that they had undergone angioplasty operations and were not in a position to take any more stress. In fact,the third doctor had to be hospitalised last week after his BP shot up. His colleagues said he was in a state of shock after being abruptly shunted to the Post-Mortem Centre.
One of the doctors who was asked to work in Post-Mortem Centre had a high blood pressure and therefore had to be hospitalised for a day. He has been discharged, said Dr Roy.
Of the three civic doctors who were transferred to the Post-Mortem Centre,two were working as general practitioners while one was a gynaecologist.
While justifying its move to put inexperienced civic doctors in the Post Mortem Department,PCMC had contended that it had no alternative as the government wanted its doctors on deputation to rejoin state services. Therefore,on September 13,PCMC told Dr Prakash Rokde,Dr Milind Sonwane and Dr Subash Madane to return to state services by September 27. The three doctors had each performed close to 10,000 post-mortems. At YCMH Post-Mortem Centre,every day five post-mortems are carried out,each requiring a minimum of one hour.