May 02, 2010

Medical faculty transferred for a day to hoodwink MCI

If private medical colleges hire house surgeons to hoodwink Medical Council of India inspectors, it’s malpractice. But what if the government itself pushes through ‘standby transfers’ during MCI inspections and submits a report that new government medical colleges meet the governing body’s guidelines?

Medical education minister Ramachandra Gowda first termed this a ‘sensitive issue’ but then said the government was trying to save students who had got admission. Later, he insisted he didn’t want to comment on the issue.

The fact is the government issued 15 transfer orders of senior residents, lecturers, assistant professors and professors between January 16 and March 6 this year. In each transfer order, seven to nine faculty members were transferred from established medical institutions like Bangalore Medical College and KIMS, Hubli to new colleges in Hassan, Mandya, Shimoga and other places.

Worse, the government, in its ‘stand-by’ transfer order, has committed that the transferred faculty will be re-transferred to their parent organisation, effective from the conclusion of the MCI inspection. During these one- or two-day transfers, the faculty would be paid their salaries from their parent organisation.

In a bid to expand medical education to every district, the state government opened six new medical colleges in Mandya, Hassan, Shimoga, Bellary, Bidar and Raichur. After constructing the building, the government found it difficult to get teachers.

The trouble with government recruitment was that they had fixed salaries for each grade. They couldn’t get faculty for subjects like radiology, orthopaedics and paediatrics who usually earn lakhs of rupees per month in private colleges.

Students were admitted to these colleges and MCI conducted three inspections before giving recognition. The government had no other option but to effect ‘standby’ transfers of faculty from established medical colleges.

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