Kochi’s dream of having its own government medical college may take more time to be fulfilled, despite the government’s prompt annoucements and deadlines. The much-awaited takeover of the Cochin Medical College (CMC)is likely to be delayed at least by two more months, with the special officer entrusted with task of monitoring the procedure saying that there could be more procedural delay.
On December 11, after an eight month-long wait, the state government announced its final decision on the takeover of the CMC, which was functioning under the Cooperative Academy for Professional Education(CAPE). On the very next day, Health Minister V S Sivakumar while addressing a press conference in Kochi, said that the takeover would be completed by January-end or February first week. Dr Junaid Rahman, who was serving as the medical director of CMC, was appointed as the special officer for takeover.
When asked about the status of the takeover procedures, Dr Junaid Rahman told ‘City Express’ that nothing much has been done. The special officer is of the opinion that the takeover may not even be completed by March 31. “We have just started processing the data of human resources, which include labourers serving on daily wages also,” he said. It has been decided at the executive council of CAPE that status quo would be maintained with regard to the HR, till the takeover is completed.
“Besides, no fund has been announced for the CMC in the budget. So we have to wait till the beginning of next fiscal for getting funds from the Department of Health,” Dr Junaid Rahman said. The hospital has an asset of `120 crore and liability of `50 crore. Dr Junaid Rahman also said that the Medical Council of India had cleared the proposal for six PG courses from the nine sent. The decision on three courses is pending’’ he said.