SKIMS administration has terminated residency of five junior residents and two senior residents following visit of MCI team to its Medical College for renewal of permission for intake of 100 MBBS students.
SKIMS admin said 'positive' feedback was received from MCI.
On Friday, SKIMS Medical College administration issued termination orders for residency of two senior residents and five junior residents on 'disciplinary grounds'.
The step was taken after MCI team had found some residents not wearing identity cards, as per doctors of SKIMS MCH. The administration later revoked the orders that had been issued for two senior residents but the junior residents' orders remained unchanged. Reportedly, junior residents of the medical college hospital have threatened to go on strike from Monday if the orders of terminations were not revoked.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Showkat Ali Zargar expressed 'sadness' over the issue. He said that the callous behavior of doctors and other staff of the hospital was having a 'direct bearing' on the outcomes of MCI visit. "It is very sad that in the department where we are having surplus, that is the number of residents, we almost looked like having a deficiency. MCI visit is every doctor's responsibility," Dr Zargar said.
The Director SKIMS said that the administration was doing 'everything' that it could to save the loss of 50 MBBS seats. "The feedback from MCI team was positive. We are likely to retain all our 100 MBBS seats," Dr. Zargar said.
On the other hand doctors at SKIMS MCH alleged that the administration had made them a scape-goat for the bashing that was received from MCI. "The Medical College has gross discrepancies which have been pointed out by MCI time and again but administration has done nothing in this regard. They have never provided us the I-card, never listened to our problems," said a junior resident at SKIMS MCH. Following the termination, the doctors have reportedly approached the court.
Many doctors from SKIMS Medical College have been wary of the approach of administration towards 'vital issues' that concern the future of the college. "The remote control administration is ruining the institution," a faculty member wishing anonymity said adding that the college and hospital do not even have a principal and medical superintendent of their own.
In a letter dated December 03, 2015 MCI had to GoI 'not to renew permission for admission of 4th batch of MBBS students against the increased intake'. The MCI had pointed out deficiencies in the area of faculty strength which it had stated was 20.33 percent. In addition other deficits that were used as a ground for derecognition of additional 50 seats that were allotted to SKIMS MC in 2013 were lack of resident accommodation, lack of examination hall, attached toilets and many other 'minor' deficiencies.
In another letter dated December 19 2015, SKIMS administration had written to state government that deficiencies in department of Pathology, Pharmacology and other departments have not been addressed over the years 'due to paucity of funds'. The administration while pleading that the 'issue of seat curtailment be taken up with MCI and MoHFW as the constructions and other developments in SKIMS MCH were on cards as Rs. 162 crore had been received by SKIMS for the same.