Peeved JNIMS senior residents take mass casual leave

IMPHAL,6th Aug: While demanding the JNIMS authority to give preference to regular senior residents in the recruitment of assistant professors of the medical institute, senior resident doctors of JNIMS hospital took mass casual leave on Monday. Speaking to media persons regarding the protest, senior resident of JNIMS gynaecology department Dr Chingtham Jitendra contended that none of the senior residents of the hospital were selected in the recruitment of assistant professors of the JNIMS Dental College. Since the authority did not give preference to the serving senior residents, there is high possibility of ignoring the senior residents in the recruitment of assistant professors for JNIMS, for which notification was issued recently.

Besides, lack of time scale of the institute has been preventing the senior residents in getting promotion and it will result in the SRs serving under the freshly appointed doctors. Despite Monday’s protest, the senior resident doctors do not want to affect the routine work of the hospital and as such, they will carry forward their protest by wearing black badges while dispensing their duties, he informed.

During a meeting held amid the stir, JNIMS authority asked the senior residents to submit their demands in the form of memorandum to the director. The authority also assured to forward the memorandum to the principal secretary (health) and arrange a joint meeting with the latter by Tuesday.

JNIMS director professor Th Bhimo told media persons that he received official report of the mass casual leave stir of senior residents at about 1 pm. However, the recruitment process was conducted through direct recruitment basis by a selection committee on the basis of an open DPC after publishing the notification in newspapers. The selection committee comprises seven subject experts from outside the state and one each from JNIMS and RIMS, he clarified.

At present there are 77 senior residents in JNIMS and of them 35 have completed PG course and they are eligible to become assistant professor. The institute is processing formalities to recruit 25 assistant professors and since the authority cannot accommodate all the eligible senior residents in the recruitment, the hospital authority after discussion with principal secretary (health) has completed a draft policy to adjust the SRs in the recruitment and formulate time scale and promotion scheme for them. The draft will be tabled before the Governing Council meeting on August 10 for approval, he disclosed.

Further, JNIMS Teachers’ Association, in its emergency executive meeting, discussed the demands of SRs and resolved to place their demands to the principal secretary, the director said, adding that he has received the resolution copy and is initiating necessary steps to arrange a meeting with the principal secretary. Prof Bhimo also urged the agitating SRs to refrain from any sorts of protest, which may affect health care of patients before the Governing Council’s meeting on August 10.

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