THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The medical fraternity has raised an appeal for the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) Medical College project at Parippally, which was stalled following a recent Central government decision.
The doctors point out that the ESIC Medical College, for which an amount of Rs 400 crore has already been spent for setting up the infrastructure, will provide treatment to a large number of labourers in the organised sector enrolled in the ESIC scheme (Insured Persons or IPs) residing in the nearby areas. These patients would get treatment without being referred to other hospitals and medical colleges.
They also said that once the medical college materialises, there would be an addition of 100 MBBS seats, which means that a good number of children of IPs can get admission here. At present, those who get admission under the ESIC Quota have to go to ESIC medical colleges in other states.
The doctors also point out that the project was now shelved after appointments were made to the faculty.
The NDA government, when it came to power, decided not to go ahead with the project based on a report of the sub-committee of the ESIC that noted that it would completely drain the ESIC corpus fund.
The Medical Council of India had earlier this year denied permission for the commencement of MBBS course at the Medical College citing mainly the failure on the part of the ESIC to recruit a Principal, Dean as well as teaching faculty, particularly in the Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry departments.
Though N K Premachandran MP had raised the issue in Parliament four times, seeking admission of students at the medical college, the Minister concerned had only given a verbal assurance and there has been no follow-up action, according to the doctors.