G. V. Ramana Rao

MCI teams conducting inspection across the State

Most of the clinical departments in the college lack the stipulated faculty strength The shortage of faculty is in the general surgery and gynaecology departments Rosaiah recently announced that the vacancies would be filled

VIJAYAWADA: The surprise inspection being carried out by teams of the Medical Council of India (MCI) in medical colleges across the State has put the authorities of Siddhartha Medical College here on tenterhooks.

The authorities are anxious that most of the clinical departments lack the faculty strength stipulated by the MCI. The posts of the Head of the Department (HoD) in radiology, paediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology and venereal diseases, which are the departments with recognition from the MCI to conduct post-graduate courses, are vacant. Faculty members who do not have the experience or the length of service stipulated by the MCI are currently holding charge of HoD posts in these departments.

College principal G. Eswar agrees that there is a shortage of senior faculty members but refuses to divulge the details. Medical and Health Minister K. Rosaiah, who was here last month to inaugurate a blood bank, announced that the Government would take steps to fill the vacancies as per MCI norms to ensure that not even a single seat gets cancelled. Consequently, the college authorities hoped that the Government would take the remedial steps, which did not happen until now.

The MCI team made a surprise visit to the Government Medical College at Anantapur on Tuesday. Soon came reports that the team would come here any time.There are 24 professors (civil surgeon cadre), 13 associate professors (deputy civil surgeon cadre), 50 assistant professors and 31 tutors on the rolls of the Government General Hospital (GGH), the teaching hospital of the SMC.