April, 2016 : It has been a very terrible and horrifying experience of PGI to have a permanent incumbent on the post of Medical Superintendent of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh since 1995.
The post of Medical Superintendent at PGI had been filled up on shirt term tenure basis since its inception in 60’s, either from outside and from within the Institute. It had been a very successful experience and the patient care services including Nursing Care were of the highest standard. In 1995-96, the then Director decided to fill up the post of Medical Superintendent on permanent basis and the present incumbent was selected and appointed in a highly controversial manner, which had been proved in Courts.
Legal controversies apart, it has been observed and experienced by one and all, Faculty and non-Faculty staff, that the patient care and allied services at the Institute have been badly ruined. In addition to patient care related services of state of art Wards, Operation Theaters, ICUs and Emergency with high standard cleaning and hygiene to have minimum level of nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection, the present incumbent of the post of Medical Superintendent with passage of time had encroached upon the independent control over Administration, Central Stores, Central Registration, Procurement, Pharmacy, Manifold, Nursing Staff, Supporting Staff / Contract Labour System, Staff Clinic, Allotment of Private Wards, Security / Parking, Telephone Exchange, etc., which had diverted the attention of Office of Medical Superintendent from his basic jobs, duties and responsibilities and has resulted in down fall of patient care services at the Institute.
Above all, the long duration on such an important post, which needs new and innovative ideas to improve the patient care services keeping pace with fast emerging advancements, has its adverse effects. The Medical Superintendent has no time to take daily regular and critical round of Wards, Operation Theaters, ICUs and Emergency including Advanced Centers and is busy in other administrative and procurement jobs.
The PGI MTA has further observed that it has resulted in lobbies and prejudices and biases against different sections or individuals or Union / Associations badly affecting administrative work and the victimization of non-Faculty staff has increased affecting the loyalty and morale of PGI staff. The anarchy and nepotism has touched new heights.
It is, therefore, suggested that the tenure of the post of Medical Superintendent at PGI may be fixed by filling up the post on a fix tenure of 3-5 years either from outside or from within the Institute otherwise there is no hope of revival of past glory of PGIMER, Chandigarh.
The PGI MTA hopes that it will help to improve the safe patient care services at the Institute.