Wednesday, January 29, 2003, Chandigarh, India


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DMCH society to elect president
Shivani Bhakoo

Ludhiana, January 28
The stormy General House meeting of the managing society of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on the hospital premises here yesterday failed to produce any concrete result, in spite of the presence of over 30 members of the 42-member society. The meeting has been postponed till 15 days after.

There was a unanimous resolution that there should be an election to the post of the president of the managing society. The post has been with Mr Brij Mohan Munjal for the past many years, but, this time, most members are reluctant to continue with him. They are worried over the slow progress of the institute post strike. There will be a secret ballot, this time.

Sources said the members had objected to the appointment of Mr Narinder Singh, Chief Operating Officer, who is being paid over Rs 2 lakh per month. The members said the person had been appointed by authorities in Delhi, so, he was an outsider. “When the hospital is passing through a financial crunch, we are paying him so much,” said a member.

The members alleged that the hospital’s money was being wasted on expensive advertisements. Recently a ‘Havan’ was held on the hospital premises and lunch was prepared for more than 2,500 employees, where a little more than 100 persons had turned up. A recent camp at Pohir village, held without the consent of the Medical Superintendent and the ad hoc committee by some junior doctors, was a flop, according to the members. They said the hospital was not in a position to take such risks.

The Amritsar kidney scam was also discussed at the meeting. The authorities were given assurance that all papers regarding this were genuine and complete. The members said they would support the doctors who were being harassed by the police.

The managing society has not appointed any secretary yet in the place of Mr Prem Nath Gupta and the ad hoc committee was setup by Mr Brij Mohan Munjal to run the affairs after the strike. The committee has not been able to do much.



IMA calls session on kidney scam
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, January 28
The national executive of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has decided to convene a central-working-committee session in Gandhinagar to discuss different aspects of the kidney scam like the role of the state government in handling the situation and the allegations levelled against the doctors. The session begins next week.

According to sources, the IMA Academy of Medical Specialities (IMAAMS) has asked the state unit of the Indian Medical Association to suggest ways to deal with the scam. A resolution calling for a ban on surgeries, including organ transplant and bypass, blood grouping and, the DNA Analysis, in private hospitals, is likely to be discussed in the session. The IMAAMS has suggested that these surgeries be restricted to government hospitals only, for avoiding “financial temptations”.

He IMAAMS in a letter to the IMA Punjab, has said that doctors should not support the persons involved in the racket. “In the whole episode, it seems, the medical professionals have been used,” says the letter.


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