Govt seeks MCI nod for state-run teaching hospital

Medical college expected to begin session June 2019

Gangtok, 18 Nov:

The State Government has applied to the Medical Council of India seeking affiliation for a proposed state-run medical college. The medical college is proposed to be part of the 1,000-bed multi-speciality hospital coming up at Sichey [see accompanying pic]. While the hospital itself is slated for a 28 December inauguration, the State Government is confident that the medical college will be able to begin its first session in June 2019.

The State Government application with MCI seeks affiliation to begin with a batch of 100 students in the initial stage. The Health Department is very optimistic and confident that the MCI affiliation and permission will arrive in time for the medical college to begin from June 2019.

When contacted, the Secretary, Health Department, Vishal Chauhan, confirmed the information and informed that the multi-speciality hospital, developed with the aim to affordable and quality healthcare within the State, was also ready for inauguration. While the inauguration, as mentioned earlier is slated for Dec-end, the hospital itself is expected to be fully functional in January next.

As for the staffing of this multi-speciality hospital, the Secretary informed that the State Government was keen to bring back specialists from Sikkim currently working outside the State.

“Sikkim’s own manpower working outside the State in different private hospitals across the country will be invited to run the multi-speciality hospital to provide best the medical facilities to the people here itself,” he said.

It may be recalled that the Chief Minister had also remarked recently that relaxations to the service rules will be considered to bring back Sikkim’s specialists and retain them here so that patients here receive the best attendance.

The Secretary, in turn, added that to meet the requirement of the best healthcare professionals, the state government has initiated the recruitment process for specialists and will invite applications through the Sikkim Public Services Commission soon.

In these regard, the Chief Minister has already appealed to doctors and healthcare professionals working outside the State to return and deliver on the potential of the new hospital.

On 16 November last week, the Chief Minister had expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical approach of the Health Department and urged its personnel to live up to the expectations of the public to make Sikkim’s healthcare system world class.

It may be mentioned here that the said hospital has been developed over a lavish space and constructed at the cost of around Rs 1,800 crore through state plan project out of which Rs 300 cr was taken as soft loan.