With the Medical Council of India (MCI) yet to give recognition to two new medical colleges Sagar Dutta College of Medicine at Kamarhati in North 24 Parganas and Malda Medical College and Hospital Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has sought Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azads intervention.
A letter was sent from the CMOs office to the Health Minister a week ago,where Mamata urged Azad to reconsider the matter keeping in mind the fate of the students,top CMO officials told The Indian Express.
After an inspection of the two medical colleges in February,MCI officials had show-caused the hospitals for poor infrastructure and manpower and told them to revamp their infrastructure.
Health department officials had convened a meeting with top MCI officials in Delhi to push for recognition. However,MCI officials are yet to give their final assent. A meeting took place in Delhi today as well,during which MCI officials again told the state health department officials that unless the infrastructure improves,it would not be possible to grant recognition this year.
Questions have been brewing as to why the CM intervened,since the two colleges with capacity of 100 seats each have hardly any infrastructure and teachers.
Pratik Chakraborty,who secured 1200 rank in the JEE (Medical) this year,said that even with MCI approval,he would not study in a college with poor infrastructure. With my rank,I might get a seat at a private medical college,so I might study there. It might take another four years to make these medical colleges fully operational, he said.
According to data from the health department,the practicals room in the physiology building at both Malda and Sagar Dutta Medical Colleges are yet to be constructed. There is vacancy of 200 doctors in the posts of assistant professor,associate professor,professor and resident medical officer. The building that will house specialised departments like cardiology and neurosurgery is yet to be constructed. The emergency department in both colleges are functioning with only 20 junior doctors. In anatomy,physiology and biochemistry in both the hospitals,there is 30 per cent shortage of doctors .
Dr Susanta Banerjee,director of medical education,said,It will take time,but we will get MCI recognition this year. In state-run medical colleges,there will be ups and downs in the beginning,but things will be normal after few years.