Govt to fill up vacant posts in govt medical colleges

Cuttack: The state government today assured the Odisha High Court that steps would be taken within seven days to begin the recruitment process to fill up the posts of associate professors lying vacant in all the three government run medical colleges.

Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik, who appeared personally before the Division Bench of Justice B P Das and Justice Indrajit Mahanti on the day along with the Health secretary P K Mohapatra and Director of Medical Education and Training (DMMET) P K Dash, guaranteed that the posts of around 109 associate professors in the government teaching hospitals would be filled up within one month.

Patnaik also expressed regret when the Bench drew the attention of the government that certain officers of the health department are not cooperating with the High Court appointed Advocates` Committee, which is visiting several health institutions to evaluate the problems of the hospitals and suggesting ways to improve the health care facilities.

This reference was made to a specific complaint made by the members of the Committee against a certain administrative officer of the SCB medical college and hospital who had allegedly shown disrespect to the members of the Committee during their recent visit to the Hospital. The Chief Secretary assured the High Court that disciplinary action against the erring official would be initiated and further said that such things would not recur.

On the issue of shifting the paediatric unit of SCB medical college and hospital to Sishu Bhawan, the High Court made it clear that the status quo on the shifting would remain in force till further orders. Asking the State government to furnish details about its plan to upgrade Sishu Bhawan, the High Court suggested that efforts should be made to convert the Sishu Bhawan into a super speciality hospital.