Regular IGGMCH Dean by Jan end: Govt to HC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jan 2018 11:08:30


Staff Reporter,

Maharashtra Government on Thursday informed the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that it would appoint full-time Dean at Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH) by this month end. The decision will be taken during the meeting of Medical Education and Research slated on January 11 and same will be implemented at the earliest.

The High Court had issued a contempt notice to Principal Secretary of Medical Education Department for not honouring the commitment given to the court about appointing a full-time Dean by June 2017. So far, the full time appointment has not been made and Dr A V Shrikhande has been asked to assume charge of IGGMCH as an ad-hoc Dean.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Swapna Joshi, while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by C H Sharma and others regarding deficiencies in public health care institutions, posted the next hearing after four weeks while noting objection of Amicus Curiae Anoop Gilda that Government affidavit was silent about delay in naming a regular dean.

From last one decade, the High Court had passed several landmark orders in this petition due to which physical infrastructure of GMCH and IGGMCH has changed, financial allocation improved and even vacant posts have been filled. It was only due to judicial intervention, the precious 50 MBBS seats of IGGMCH could be saved for last one decade, despite stiff opposition of Medical Council of India.

Amicus Curiae also pointed out that 250 bedded hospital is functioning because of Court intervention and needs about 157 staff members and despite directions only 80 have been provided on contact basis and remaining 77 are still not arranged for.

This again may militate with functioning of said hospital or its recognition, the Amicus cautioned. He also pointed out absence of air conditioning facility in pre and post operational theatres and non procurement of equipments/appliances for Super-Specialty Hospital though funds have made available in October, 2017.
Amicus Curiae Anoop Gilda, Addl GP Dipak Thakre (State), Adv N B Kalwaghe (Intervener) and Adv Mugdha Chandurkar (Union) appeared in the matter.