Docs allege torture by dept heads; DMET seeks report
Bhubaneswar: In what could be seen as an eye opener how the PG doctors at several government medical colleges of the State are being tortured mentally and physically by their respective professors and department heads, the Directorate of Medial Education and Training (DMET) has sought a report from all the college heads on these allegations.
In a letter to the heads of SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, MKCG Medical College, Berhampur, VIMSAR, Burla, SCB Dental College, Cuttack, AHRCC, Cuttack and SVPPGIP, Cuttack, the DMET has directed to ask the department heads and professors to refrain from such activities.
It is alleged that, the medicos are being forced by their professors and head of departments to do their household works including bringing grocery, cooking and teaching their children. A copy of the DMET’s letter to the heads of institutions, possessed by OTV says, in many cases the doctors are forced to arrange soft and hard drinks, and arrange celebrations like marriage and birthday parties of their professors.
The medical students have also alleged that instead of guidance, many a times they are scolded by the heads and sometimes, during examinations they are also made to pay hospitality cost of the examiners like lodging cost, food, site seeing and costly gifts.
Mentioning the allegations as ‘grievous in nature’, the DMET has directed the institute heads to initiate ‘legal actions as deemed fit’ against any such faculty, if found to be indulged in such activities directly or indirectly.
“We have received certain allegations which are not related to their studies or profession. To ensure that such type of actions should not happen, we have sought a feedback report from the heads of the medical institutions,” said DMET joint director Umakant Satapathy.
Meanwhile, the Health Department realising gravity of the issue has also asked the DMET to take action against the ‘errant’ professors or heads of departments. It has sought an enquiry report from the DMET.
“If true, the allegations are very serious and it should be stopped. We have asked the DMET to submit a report within seven days,” said Surjit Das, additional secretary, Department of Health.