Eight senior BJ Medical College docs transferred
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In a major shake up, eight senior doctors, including several department heads, at the state-run B J Medical College have been transferred. These are among the 50-odd doctors and professors from 14 government medical colleges in the state who have been transferred.
While some doctors have filed their objection with the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal, others are opting for voluntary retirement.
At B J Medical College, Head of the Department of anaesthesia Dr Kalpana Kelkar, Head of the Department of microbiology Dr Renu Bharadwaj, Head of the department of physiology Dr Vaidya, Head of the Department of Pharmacology Dr D B Gongane and senior professors Dr P Sambhrey from Department of Gynaecology and Dr Sudhir and Vandana Dubey senior professors from the Department of Surgery are among those who have been shunted out.
Even as the Medical Council of India has reduced the requirement of two professors in a department, there are instances where there was no replacement when a senior professor was transferred. Doctors are also upset as they say government has not considered the age factor before deciding about the transfer. Most are on the verge of retirement at 58 years. However, due to the government's concern over shortage of doctors at medical colleges, the tenure was extended and professors could retire some three years later. Many have been sent to far-off places like Dhule and Solapur.
It is not the posting but the manner in which it has been done that was wrong, feel professors who have approached MAT. While they are required to join duty, several are awaiting the MAT order before taking the next step. When contacted, Director of Medical Education and Research Dr Pravin Shingare admitted that nearly 40-50 professors and doctors have been reshuffled. "These are routine transfers," he said.
Many at the Directorate of Health office have also been transferred. For instance, Dr V M Kulkarni, assistant director of Health and in-charge of state immunization programmes, is now District health officer at Nashik while Pune district health officer Dr Sudhakar Kokane is now transferred as assistant director, maternal health. Dr N D Deshmukh who was assistant director, health, has been transferred to Pune district health office.
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