SKIMS Medical College Faculty Accuse Principal Of Misleading Govt, Media

SKIMS-Bemina - KO Pic: Abid Bhat

Srinagar: The faculty of Sher-e-Kashmir institute of medical sciences (SKIMS) medical college (MC) Srinagar has accused principal of providing misinformation to the government and the media for his personal benefits.

In a representation the faculty of SKIMS medical college Bemina has stated that the vicinity can cater the flow of non-COVID patients who are made to suffer in absence of follow up check-ups and termed the mixing of pregnant non-COVID patients with COVID positive patients unfortunate.

In the representation the faculty has highlighted the failure, misinformation and misunderstanding created by principal SKIMS medical college by projecting the wrong picture of the institution to the higher authorities and media for personal reasons and demanded the misinformation campaign to be investigated.

The faculty has said that due to sudden closure of all specialities patient care including post-operative and other services of every department have been stopped as per the guidelines.

"The patients who have to come for follow up check-ups are moving from pillar to post because they are not allowed to visit the hospital because the hospital has been designated as COVID-19.”

The representation reads that few days ago the principal took a unilateral decision to admit all COVID surgical emergencies in the hospital without going into the scientific demerits of such a policy.

“This is mainly COVID committee has been reduced to signing papers under pressure and threats,” it said.

“A Frank scientific decision is not allowed with the result some disastrous decisions are implement after 4 PM unilaterally. We are definitely desirous of conducting surgeries on COVID patients but the medical superintendent has already declared the theatre as unsafe.”

It furnished two points to back its surgeries idea saying that the, COVID positive patients needing surgeries should be shared amongst hospitals including SKIMS MC.

“This will ensure less Viral load. The scientific literature overwhelmingly supports this method and the theatres should be used to make them achieve a basic level of safety at least.”

The representation says that the hospital has been designated to cater the level 2 and 3 COVID patients only. “However this hospital is currently full of patients which can be managed at level 1 centers. This unnecessarily complicates the issue.

As the government tries to restore normalcy, it is important to understand that the consistent admission of level 1 cases is delaying restoration of SKIMS MC to its designated medical college function.”

The faculty has also stated that this is extremely stressful and distressing situation where a steadying hand is needed and the principal SKIMS MC is proving to be a hindrance in the development of scientific guidelines.

It states that the circumstances and propaganda created by principal has resulted into the whole faculty and staff especially the Gynae department being branded as non-performers.

The faculty of SKIMS MC further recommended that the hospital should gradually open and resume work in phased manner with separate entry and exit to cater COVID and non-COVID patients.

They have demanded the administration to take cognizance of the actual facts on ground and let this institution continue its routine and dedicated work in whichever way the health authorities deem fit.

BoG recommends 50 additional PG seats for GMCs and SKIMS

In a significant development, the Board of Governors, formed in suppression of Medical Council of India, has recommended to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to increase 50 seats in PG courses in Government Medical Colleges and SKIMS Soura in J&K under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota for 2020-21.

The recommendation, reveals that BOG has proposed to increase 25 seats in GMC Jammu, 19 in GMC Srinagar and six in SKIMS Soura. According to communique, the total number of seats to be required for implementation of 10 percent EWS quota in Jammu and Kashmir is 76.

Of which, 17 have been granted under section 10A and 50 to be granted under EWS quota. The move comes after Jammu & Kashmir government submitted a proposal for increasing seat intake capacity in PG courses in GMCs and SKIMS, Soura.

The MCI sought the proposal from J&K government after observing that the seats increased under 10A and /or after conversion of diplomas to degree for the annual year 2020-21 was less than the number of seats needed to be enhanced for implementing EWS quota.

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