The posts of the dean have been handed over to other doctors as acting-dean of the institution. Along with JJ Hospital in Mumbai, there are six other hospitals without a dean.
The government medical colleges at Jalgaon, Gondia, Akola, Yavatmal, Chandrapur, Ambejogai are currently functioning without a dean. These positions haven’t been filled in since 1.5 years.
A dean is important as they can address issues such as the influx of people, shortage of medicines, lack of medical services, non-availability of beds etc.,.
The hospital acts like a family unit with the dean playing the role of the head. Without a dean many problems of the hospital cannot be solved. Due to unavailability of qualified deans these posts have been vacant.
Requesting anonymity, an officer from the state health department, informed, “The process to fill the vacant post which had started a few year ago, was suddenly halted, due to this the post of full-time deans have been vacant. Generally, after a promotion or retirement, the vacant posts have to be filled within six years. But since the state did not take any efforts to fill these posts. The positions have been vacant since a few years.”
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Praveen Shingare, Director of the Directorate Medical Education and Research (DMER), said, “It is true, that these positions have been lying vacant in seven government-run medical colleges in Maharashtra. Along with JJ Hospitals, six other colleges do not have a dean. The government had stopped the recruitment process a few years ago. That is why, a new dean wasn’t been appointed since some time. And a few doctors were given the charge of being the acting-dean. “
He added, “In order to be a dean, a doctor requires to be working as a senior professor at the hospital for at least seven years. The recruitment process has been restarted and we are trying to employ qualified doctors. This process has been stared from the month of November.”
Dr Shingare, further stated, “Due to the unavailability of a dean many important decisions in the hospital have remained pending. For example, there was a proposal to make JJ Hospital, a super speciality hospital. This proposal had been put forth in 2015. At that time, 600 crores rupees were to be sanctioned. But now taking other factors into account this amount has risen to 850 crores. This proposal hasn’t been sanctioned yet as there is only an acting dean at the hospital. This project had been postponed due to the unavailability of a full-time dean.”