PCMC Health Department officials continue to bicker; eight YCMH doctors have opted for VRS so far.
Pimpri: The ongoing bickering between officials of the Health Department of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has taken an ugly turn as Chief Medical Officer Dr Anil Roy has now alleged that the administration is taking decisions under political pressure.
Roy made this allegation after his promotion was rejected by the civic body. He has also leveled charges of corruption on decision makers in the PCMC and has filed an application for voluntary retirement. Sources said that the rivalry among doctors at the Health Department has caused damage to healthcare services of the PCMC. Owing to this, eight specialist doctors from the PCMC-run Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital have sought voluntary retirement.
Owing to the infighting in the medical department, many doctors have taken VRS from PCMC service. These doctors include Dr Nitin Gaikwad (Chest), Dr Vaishalii Rokade (Chest), Dr Elizabeth Thomas (Gynaecologist), Dr Minakshi Patil (Paediatric), Dr Uma Pardhi (Eye) and Dr Mugdha Markandey. The only physician at YCMH Kishor Khilari has also applied for VRS.
The decision to withdraw Roy’s promotion was announced four and half years ago. However, PCMC authorities are yet to decide on Roy’s VRS application. A few months ago, the Law Committee of the PCMC had passed a resolution sanctioning Dr Pavan Salve’s promotion as Chief Medical and Health Officer, making the promotion given to Roy ineffective. Roy objected to the Law Committee’s decision and filed a petition in Mumbai High Court, besides requesting Mayor Nitin Kalje’s intervention in the matter.
Roy said, “The State government had decided on March 14, 2017 that the decision on chief medical and health officer should be put for reconsideration before the Promotion Committee. The Law Committee decided on the basis of that, but I have approached the high court against this decision and sought a stay order.”
According to Roy, Salve does not have the required educational qualification, a DPH, which is required for the post. Roy claimed that Salve is an MD (PSM) and these two qualifications are not equivalent as per government guidelines.
Meanwhile, Salve said, “The educational qualification that I have is equivalent to the required qualification. I have done registration of my degree after paying the penalties. So my claim on the post of chief medical officer stands. Roy must submit evidence about his claim.”