CHENNAI: The state health department is pressuring government doctors to agree to dual posting during National Medical Commission inspections in new medical colleges, the Legal Coordination Committee for Government Doctors said on Tuesday.
“Doctors are transferred from other medical colleges temporarily to show nil vacancies at the new colleges. They return to the colleges where they are originally posted after the inspection. In many cases, there are no hard copies of the transfer order. Doctors receive oral instructions to be present at a particular college at a particular time,” said committee president Dr Perumal Pillai.
In a statement released to the media, he said, “The committee has taken action including recommending suspending licences for these doctors.”
The problem could have been avoided had the directorate of medical education conducted counselling for promotions.
There are enough doctors eligible to be promoted from associate professor to professor and assistant professor to associate professor. “The government did not conduct counselling on time and there are more than 200 doctors (of 2019 batch) currently working as associate professors in medical colleges. They completed three years by June 2022 and are qualified to become professors as per NMC rules.”
Key wings in the health department, directorate of medical education, directorate of medical services and directorate of drugs control, have doctors posted as in-charge, he said.
TN Government Doctors’ Association president Dr K Senthil said the government had confirmed huge backlogs in counselling for promotions. “The delays are unwarranted and are causing a huge crisis,” he said.
The directorate of medical education (in charge) Dr Shanthi Malar has disagreed with the allegations.
“Personal inspection by NMC is now being done for colleges that got permission in 2021-22. Since it was a Covid year, inspections were virtual. Physical verification is being done based on details already uploaded on NMC webpage. No new transfers are issued. Doctors are being asked to be present during the meeting.”