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INSPECTION: Health Minister K. K. S. S. R Ramachandran is enquiring about a patient's health. Photo: M Srinath
INSPECTION: Health Minister K. K. S. S. R Ramachandran is enquiring about a patient's health. Photo: M Srinath

G. Srinivasan

Thanjavur: It was a grilling session for the doctors, staff and engineers of Thanjavur Medical College and Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital during the inspection by Health Minister K. K. S. S. R. Ramachandran in Thanjavur on Tuesday.

The Minister asked the staff maintaining register at the Rajah Mirasudhar Government Hospital as how many patients visited the hospital on Monday. As he tried to calculate by adding, the Minister said that a file should be kept to keep record of total patients visiting the hospital. Then he moved to the scan room where pregnant women were waiting. On finding a woman, who was supposed to have undergone scanning on Monday, still waiting in the queue, he asked the Dean in charge to clear cases on the posted day.

At Thanjavur Medical College campus, the Minister saw the buildings constructed for library, class rooms etc. Expressing dissatisfaction over the location of the buildings, he said that the new buildings might affect the elevation of the main college building. He advised engineers to select location without affecting old buildings in the future.

Stating that the work was very much delayed, he issued stern warning to engineers that they would be taken to task if they did not finish the work before January when the Chief Minister was likely to visit the Medical College. "This is not like previous Government. We will grill you and get the work done. The buildings should be ready by January 2007," he said.

When he entered the Medical College Hospital, he visited stock room and asked the store keeper whether he could verify the stocks.

He wanted to know how many surgeries were performed on a single day at the hospital. The doctors said that ten operations were performed.

Mr.Ramachandran finally said that all his questions were aimed at improving the hospital and not to find fault with them. The Minister wanted the doctors to spell out what they want specifically. "This is a performing Government. If you convince the Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi of the importance of any demand, he will sign the file immediately," he said.

Union Minister of State for Finance S. S. Palani Manickam and State Minister for Commercial Taxes S. N. M. Ubayathullah accompanied the Minister during his visit.

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