Earlier, the MCI team had denied permission to PIMS for conducting admission of fresh batch of 150 MBBS students for the current academic year 2016-17
Jalandhar: A month after they were denied permission, a team of Medical Council of India (MCI) came on a surprise visit to Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Jalandhar for inspection of the hospital and medical college here on Wednesday.
The MCI team had given one-month’s time to PIMS management to overcome the shortcomings, failing which the future of the premiere institute and the soon to be passed out MBBS students was at stake. PIMS is one of the major hospitals of Doaba belt, which was providing affordable treatment to the public.
The inspection at this juncture holds significance, as PIMS was denied permission by the MCI to conduct fresh admissions for 150 MBBS seats for the academic year 2016-17. The MCI officials had categorically mentioned that if any MBBS admissions were conducted, PIMS authorities would be liable for action under MCI Act, 1956.
Senior officials in PIMS remained tight lipped about the inspection but sources confirmed the development stating that the PIMS management remained on their toes and didn’t leave any stone unturned to ensure a ‘positive outcome’.
It was learnt that the PIMS authorities were ‘hopeful’ of getting the MCI nod for admitting the fresh batch of MBBS students for the current academic session. Sources said that the MCI team reached PIMS at around 9 am. “The MCI officials conducted a day long inspection during which they were ‘convinced’ that the shortcomings in PIMS were overcome by the management”, sources said.
“During today’s MCI visit, more than 500 patients were found admitted in different wards of the PIMS hospital. At the same time, the OPD was close to 1400 patients, which was the daily turn out at the PIMS. Even some of the other shortcomings like infrastructure, rooms and mandatory requirements were completed by the PIMS management during the one month time, which lapsed on June 15”, sources added.
It is pertinent to mention here that during the MCI team’s visit in May, the PIMS management had quoted the digging up of the main approach road to the hospital (Garha Road) by the Municipal Corporation authorities for laying sewerage as the major reason behind a low OPD turnout. “Last time, the MCI team took objection to the poor turn out at the OPD and the less number of patients admitted in the wards, which led to the denial of permission besides other reasons. However, this time, we are hopeful that PIMS will get the MCI approval for conducting the MBBS admissions for 2016-17”, sources maintained.
Notably, Daily Post was in possession of the MCI letter, which stated, ‘The Central Government has recommended ‘not’ to renew the permission for admission of fresh batch of MBBS course at PIMS for the academic year 2016-17. The Central government has decided to accept the recommendation of MCI.’
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