STATE TIMES REPORT
JAMMU: All is not well with the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital in Jammu. After waiting for too long and hoping against hope to see some improvement in the working conditions and patient-care services, senior faculty members of GMC on Wednesday sounded alarm bells to wake up the State government from its deep slumber to intervene and rescue the premier health institution from crumbling.
Due to internal bickering in the GMC Hospital, even senior most faculty members had to taste a bitter pill when they were prevented from holding general body meeting inside the college auditorium.
As senior most faculty members arrived in the auditorium, they were shocked to see the doors locked. After making inquiries the senior faculty members came to know that the Principal, who was on leave, had directed the concerned persons to lock the doors of the auditorium to prevent senior faculty members from holding a formal meeting.
Irked over the behaviour of the Principal, at the behest of previous Medical Teachers Association (MTA), senior faculty members sent an SOS to Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh to intervene in the matter if they wished to save the premiere health institution of the State.
A group of senior doctors is learnt to have briefed the Deputy Chief Minister in detail about the recent happenings in the GMC while seeking his intervention to set their house in order.
It may be mentioned that the senior faculty members were unhappy with the previous MTA, as they blamed them for failing to highlight the genuine issues concerning the GMC Hospital in Jammu.
The meeting of senior faculty members led by Dr S K Bali was later convened outside the auditorium and the same was attended by over 60 members.
A detailed discussion was held over the issues pertaining to Medical Teachers as well as patient-care. Better working conditions were demanded for better patient-care in the premier medical institution. Adhocism in selecting Principal GMC Jammu since 2012 onwards was condemned by majority of the members.
Rectification in pay-anomalies of Lecturers to Professors and HODs was also demanded. It was requested to make pay of Medical Teachers at par with the GMCs of neighboring states. A representation in this regard stands submitted to Principal Secretary Heath & Medical Education. Issue of promotion of faculty members pending with Administrative Department was also discussed. It was also discussed not to support age proposal enhancement of faculty to 65 years.
As far as elections of MTA for 2017-19 are concerned it was brought to the notice of General Body Meeting by Prof. S. K Bali and other members that in October 2017, failure on the part of outgoing MTA to conduct elections of the body in February 2017 compelled 50 life members of these MTA to give a notice for GBM.
Senior faculty members claimed, “Failure on the part of outgoing MTA to call for GBM, again compelled Medical Teachers to move a no-confidence motion against outgoing body and 72 Medical Teachers signed the same (much more than 15 per cent of total strength required to do so).
The Medical Teachers present in the today’s meeting in a unanimous voice concurred the no-confidence motion already moved by them.
During the crucial meeting, Prof. S.K. Bali, Head of the Department of Nephrology was authorised to frame a Joint Action Committee to hold next elections of the MTA.
Prof. Zahid Gillani, Prof. Tariq Azad, Prof. Dinesh Gupta, Prof. Sunil Sachdev, Prof. S.L.Kachroo and Prof. Suleeman Choudhary proposed to nominate Prof. K.K. Koul, (HOD-Pathology) as Returning Officer and the same was conveyed to Prof. Koul, to which he consented. He was requested to hold MTA elections as per MTA Constitution just after winter vacations of faculty are over on 13th January 2018.
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