Bhopal: Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) which was once a world class super-specialty medical centre, is now a sinking ship. Medical experts working with the hospital are leaving due to non-implementation of well defined recruitment policies by the Centre. Doctors raise this issue from time to time. Doctors who had planned to go on strike and demonstration have postponed it for the time being.

Resentment is still there in doctors over the issue of appointment procedure followed at the hospital. Apparently, the doctors are unhappy in the way they are appointed abruptly, without any clarification on their promotions, increment or other details. In 1991, Supreme Court had ordered that a 500-bed specialty hospital be set up at the cost of Union Carbide for free lifetime treatment to over 5 lakh gas tragedy victims.

Dr Vinay Kumar left BMHRC recently and joined AIIMS. This development has paralysed the radiology department of BMHRC. More doctors may follow his foot step as they are exploring avenues. Earlier Dr Subhodh Varshney, cardiologist Dr SK Trivedi and many other well known names left just because of haphazard working and unplanned recruitment policies.

BMHRC Doctors’ Association president Dr Lalit Kumar said, “Despite world class facilities and infrastructure, no one wants to stay for any long period in BMHRC. There is a well defined recruitment policy but it is not implemented. Doctors always remain at receiving end while working with BMHRC. If the Centre opens a medical college in

If the Centre opens a medical college in BMHRC, there will be scope of teaching. So it will be a face-lift for BMHRC which has now become a sinking ship in medical fraternity. It is pathetic that the Centre is intentionally killing it.”

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