July 05: Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his letter to the Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has urged to take adequate steps against the decision of Medical Council of India (MCI) to decrease seats in the Shriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.
Few days back the MCI had conducted inspection in various medical colleges across the country and submitted report to the ministry. As far as SCB Medical College is concerned, the MCI report shows that the college has less teaching staff, medical infrastructure and required nursing staff. This insufficiency is the main cause that MCI has decided to cut off the number of seats.
However, the State government is not happy over this development and requested the honorable Health Minister to intervene. Patnaik in his letter has mentioned the acute shortage of health professionals in the state especially in rural areas and decrease of seats in medical colleges would further affect the health services of the state.
The administration of SCB in the last academic year had decided to increase the number of seats to 150 from 107. A fresh connection with the State and health minister can only clear how many students are going to take admission in the current academic session.
As most of the students from all the four government medical colleges join private sectors after their graduation, it creates sharp shortage of professionals as a result health services badly get affected. So it is very essential to keep the increased numbers in the colleges. But at the same time state government should take steps to ensure better infrastructure in the colleges.
Meanwhile, it is now up to the health ministry whether to increase the number of seats in SCB college or not. But for the sake of Orissa people the health ministry should consider the positive and that to as early as possible so that admission process won’t suffer.
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