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Preparing for MCI inspection: GMERS transfers 102 doctors to Vadnagar and MP Shah medical college

Preparing for MCI inspection: GMERS transfers 102 doctors to Vadnagar and MP Shah medical college

Ahmedabad: Considering the upcoming inspection by the Medical Council of India (MCI), the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) has transferred 102 faculty members at medical colleges to fill up the vacancies at certain institutes.

If the MCI gets superseded by the National Medical Commission (NMC) before the assessment, the same would be carried out by the latter.

GMERS has been stuck amidst recruitment issues relating medical faculty for its medical colleges for quite some time now.

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Medical Dialogues had earlier reported that the 37 doctors including tutors, associate professors and even professors who are HoDs at medical colleges from six medical colleges were transferred on October 17th. The beneficiary of the transfer was Vadnagar medical college, the newest of the state’s eight GMERS institutes.

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Now in yet another round, Vadnagar medical college has got 25 more doctors transferred to it from various other institutes in the state. Besides this, another 49 doctors have been transferred to MP Shah Medical College, Jamnagar taking the total of transferred doctors to 102

As per the latest transfer order, MP Shah Medical College had many vacancies which needed to be filled. For this, the transfer has been done from BJ Medical College and adjoining Ahmedabad Civil Hospital which are the largest tertiary healthcare centre in Gujarat. Most of the doctors have been transferred from Ahmedabad medical institutes, with BJ Medical College losing 52 doctors to other districts. Apart from sending 25 doctors to Jamnagar, 16 doctors have been sent to Vadnagar, 8 to the Government Medical College in Surat and 3 to GMC Vadodara.

Mirror further reported that GMC Rajkot is set to lose 22 medical teachers, 11 to Jamnagar, 5 each to Vadnagar and Surat and 1 to Vadodara. GMC Bhavnagar will have to send 23 doctors elsewhere — 9 to Jamnagar, 8 to Surat, 4 to Vadnagar and 2 to Vadodara, as per the transfer orders.

This is not the first time that the authorities have resorted to short cuts in their hiring. Last year as well, the authorities conducted en-masse transfer of medical faculty ahead of the inspections. In September 2018, around 252 faculty members including Professors, Assistant Professors and Associate Professors and Tutors, were transferred across government and GMERS medical colleges in Vadnagar, Himmatnagar and Junagadh that were due for a surprise inspection from the Medical Council of India.

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The state government had taken various initiatives in order to fill up the vacancies but to no avail, the recruitment process drew a lot of controversies, leaving the state medical colleges high and dry.

The said was apparent by the earlier hiring process which drew a lot of off-putting attention since despite receiving applications from over 600 doctors for 350 vacant positions at eight hospitals run by the society, the GMERS issued only 88 appointment letters.

Read Also: GMERS Gujarat: 600 Applications for 350 Medical Vacancies, But 88 Appointment Letters

MCI does not permit a vacancy of more than 5 per cent in a medical college during the inspection.

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