Panjim: Following a series of allegations about irregularities and lack of services at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMC), the government has appointed a one-man inquiry officer – retired district collector N D Agrawal – to look into the complaints regarding the functioning of the State-run hospital.
The government has also decided to appoint an Administrator, who will be an IAS officer, for effective management and improvement of the healthcare delivery in GMC.
Addressing media persons, Deputy Chief Minister and Health Minister Francis D’Souza said he is soon going to appoint Agarwal as the inquiry officer to scrutinise all the complaints received from various sections right from doctors, staffers, patients, NGOs and others.
“We will give three weeks time to Agrawal to study all complains and submit a compliance report to government,” he said.
“The Chief Minister has also agreed to appoint an administrator, who will be an IAS officer at GMC,” he said in the presence of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who endorsed the announcement by the Deputy Chief Minister.
“GMC needs a full-fledged administrator, who will only look into the administrative work and ensure that the best health care service is delivered to people. GMC is a big complex covering medical college, 1200-bed hospital, dental hospital, girls hostel, etc. To look into the effective functioning of all these sectors we need one dedicated officer like an administrator,” the Deputy Chief Minister added.
GMC is currently facing charges from the opposition Congress and NGO GenNext over the pathetic conditions and poor quality of medical service offered to the people.
“I agree there are many problems but they are minor issues, which would be tackled and handled. I do not agree to the allegations of poor medical service,” D’Souza said adding that GMC has successfully conducted 4000 kidney transplant cases and 5000 cases of cardio surgery. “The doctors here are certified by the patients and relatives for their best service,” he said.
The Health Minister said that on Tuesday he conducted a surprise inspection at GMC, wherein he did not come across any complaints from staffers or visitors. The only issue at GMC is that there are more visitors then patients, having no control on entry and exist of people, he said. [H]