Panaji: The Cardiology Department of the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim, is now bereft of a professor in the department, with Cardiologist, Dr. Jagan Hanumanthu having put in his papers. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane confirming the news to TOI said, “We will advertise the post on priority and fill it.” His exit is believed to have created hurdles in the college’s way to start the course this year.
Dr. Hanumanthu had been appointed a professor to start DM cardiology, a post-graduate cardiology course, for the 2018-19 academic year.
It is believed that the Medical Council of India(MCI), had earlier disapproved of the course getting a headway under the stewardship of GMC’s present heads of department, Dr Guruprasad Naik. A source close to Hanumanthu told TOI that he was upset at not being appointed head of department (HoD), despite him having the requisite qualification and experience.
However, government sources had things contrary to reveal. According to them during the recently conducted Medical Council of India inspection, it had come to light that Dr Jagan Hanumanthu posted as a senior cardiologist at GMCH was registered as a professor in a medical college based in Telangana reported goa Herald o. Following this revelation the dean of the college, Dr. Dr Pradeep Naik was asked by the council to ask Dr Jagan to resign immediately and re-advertise for another cardiologist for the post.
“As per MCI norms, a doctor cannot be registered at two different medical institutes and offer his/her services simultaneously at both institutes. Hence, the Dean of GMCH has been told to seek his resignation at the earliest as we don’t want to get into any issue with the MCI,” the sources informed the daily.
The council’s directions led to the health department on Monday seeking the resignation of the senior cardiac consultant resignation from the post at Goa Medical College and Hospital.
Health Minister, Rane however, in a positive vein said that the process to strengthen the department is underway.
“It is doing extremely well,” he said. “Cardiologist Amar Prabhudessai has joined recently, whereas, another will join next week.”
Rane also informed the new contract for the Deen Dayal Swasthya Seva Yojana (DDSSY) will soon be finalized.
Rane also announced that on April 20, a dedicated new burns unit with state-of-the-art facilities will be launched by the government at the GMCH reported the Navhind Times. The cancer outpatient department in the hospital will also be inaugurated at the same time, he further revealed.