Bhopal: BMHRC doctors upset over proposed merger with AIIMS

Bhopal: Resident doctors of Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC) are upset over the ‘proposed’ merger of BMHRC AIIMS as they apprehend that the move would lead to their demotion. The doctors are of the opinion that since BMHRC itself is a super-specialty centre, they after the merger will be placed under the AIIMS administrative control and will be treated as ‘second ranked citizens’ as recruitment rules(RR) of BMHRC does not match with RR of AIIMS ( All India Institutes of Medical Sciences). BMHRC receives about Rs 140 crore a year from the Centre.

It is expected that its merger with AIIMS would lead to demotion of many BMHRC employees. Dr Lalit Kumar, president of Residents Doctors BMHRC, said that our stature would be reduced to ‘second ranked citizen’ and entire BMHRC, which is itself super-specialty, will have to work under AIIMS. “It would have been better to open a medical college at BMHRC instead of merging it with AIIMS as the two are poles apart.

Super specialties sections will be divided and it is practically not viable and feasible. There will be many administrative as well as practical problems,” explained Kumar. A Parliamentary Standing Committee led by Dr Manoj Rajoria, has put up its reports regarding the merger. It was recently tabled in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Merger of BMHRC Bhopal with AIIMS Bhopal will prove to be most significant development for central India’s healthcare sector, cites a report of parliamentary standing committee on health and family welfare.

The high-powered committee has recommended time-bound action in this matter and directed to be apprised of progress made in three months of presentation of the report. A final call has now to be taken by Union ministry of health and family welfare on the merger of the two institutions. ICMR and NITI Aayog have also recommended the merger

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