Unanimous opposition from the medical fraternity to the proposed appointment of an administrative officer in all 13 state-run medical colleges on Tuesday prompted the BJP-led government of Madhya Pradesh to step back and withdraw the controversial proposal in the refrigerator.
Sources aware of the matter told IANS that the proposal to appoint deputy collectors/SDMs in each state-run medical college was to be submitted to the state cabinet for approval on Tuesday, but the meeting was suddenly canceled as some ministers rejected it. busy with the case. Gujarat Elections.
However, a message was later conveyed to Gandhi Medical College Teachers Association here that the proposal has been shelved and will not be presented to the cabinet in the future.
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This was the third time in the space of a year that the government had to back down on its proposal, as the medical fraternity each time rebelled against the measure, arguing that the medical institutions needed expertise from the same field. The state government has proposed appointing an administrative officer to look after the administrative subjects of each medical college.
According to doctors at Gandhi Medical College in Bhopal, the state’s largest medical institution, this system has not been implemented anywhere in the country.
“We, along with the entire medical fraternity, would like to thank Prime Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Minister of State for Medical Education Vishwas Sarang for taking back the proposal. Today we were told that not only has the proposal been postponed, but it will not be brought before the Cabinet again,” said Dr. Rakesh Malvia, President of the Gandhi Medical College Teachers Association.
The proposal to appoint an administrative officer in the state medical college was planned after the Covid-19 pandemic with a view to increasing transparency and also reducing the burden on doctors as they would be freed from all administrative issues in order to fully concentrate on their patients.
The doctors, however, objected.
“How can a non-medical person tell which equipment or which drug should be purchased for the patients? Only a doctor can make these decisions. We cannot understand why our own government is trying to screw up our medical system,” said Dr Malvia.
The move was initiated even without cabinet approval when a deputy collector was appointed Chief Medical Commissioner of Sagar Medical College in August this year. However, the decision was reversed within 24 hours after teachers and students protested against it.
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