Inspector Intimidation, Hiding facts: Shockingly Dismal Performance of SR Medical College during MCI inspection
The MCI assessors found the medical college had made deliberate attempts to delay assessment and they faced intimidation and threats during inspection rounds. They were even pressurised to give a favourable report. Attempts were also made to prevent them from meeting medical students. The team could not find certified documents of land, building, occupancy and fire.
Based on its inspection report submitted to the Union Health Ministry, the apex medical council has asked the centre to take necessary action on the matter.
The medical college was earlier in the controversy with allegations that its authorities had taken revenge on a group of MBBS students for making public the gross shortcomings at the medical college.
It had been alleged that the institute was targeting the 11 MBBS students for raising their voice against the wrongdoings of the institute. Medical Dialogues had earlier reported about the suspected "disciplinary action" that the students were about to be faced by the management for allegedly "disrupting MCI Inspection" by circulating a visual on social media showing irregularities at the medical college hospital
SR Medical College is a self-financing medical college in the state of Kerala. The institution had received the MCI nod for the MBBS course first in 2016, after that it did not receive the recognition in the coming years due to inadequate infrastructure.
In July this year, a group of aggrieved MBBS students made a video which captured few people who were being brought inside the institution through the backside of the medical college during an MCI inspection. The MBBS students under the banner of 'Stand With Students of SR Medical College' had pointed out that the management of misleading MCI assessors by admitting from outside on daily wages posing them as patients. The medical students alleged that there were visuals of a protest over the promised money as well.
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At that time, the MCI stopped the inspection following the protest by the students. This apparently angered the management that threatened to take action against the medicos.
The Principal of the institution alleged that few students want to shift to Government Medical colleges for which they want a closure of the medical college. On the other hand, the students had sought government intervention so that the medical college comes up with better facilities and infrastructure so that they can get their MBBS course completed on time.
Following the incident, Kerala University of Health Sciences (KUHS) assured that the matter will be probed and the affiliation will be cancelled if the allegations will be observed true.
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The students had further move the court with their grievance, following which the had asked the MCI to find out whether the college had improved its facilities and infrastructure, reports The Deccan Chronicle
In compliance to the HC orders on the plea, the recent MCI inspection was conducted where the medical council authorities noted severe deficiencies and misconduct during assessment rounds.
The MCI inspection report mentions that the medical college tried to trick the assessors down by admitting fake patients. The report states that they tried to delay the inspection and threatened the inspection officers in preparing the report in favour of the medical college. MCI has further recommended the Union Health Ministry that these matters be taken seriously.
The relevant points from the MCI report are mentioned below:
- Deliberate attempt to delay assessment of the medical college
- Delay in presenting faculty for headcount which resulted in non-conduct of the headcount of first day
- Lack of certified documents of land, building, occupancy, fire etc
- Intimidation threats during the assessment
- Pressurizing the assessment team to give favorable report
- Presence of unauthorized personnel during assessment
- Observation by assessors that there were no patients in the wards in the evening whereas they were shown in the morning
- Preventing the MCI team from meeting students for any interaction
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