Formulae doing CSMMU 'rounds'
- Formulae doing CSMMU 'rounds'
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2003 01:59:47 AM ]
LUCKNOW: With the state government mounting pressure for the strict
implementation of the ban on private practice, faculty members of the
Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU) are on the
With no platform such as a teachers' association and with no elected
representatives in the Executive Council who can voice their views,
they are a worried lot. Even as personal rivalries have kept them
divided in the past, this time round, they are putting up a united
opposition to the GO.
However, with no clear leader emerging, efforts are on to convince
the CSMMU pro-vice-chancellor Prof OP Singh to take on the mantle of
leader, as he has in the past, spoken for the community on various
issues, including the current issue of the ban on private practice.
The various formulae offering solutions to the problem, are as
Formula 1: Private nursing homes in the city thrive on the expertise
of CSMMU faculty members. The key difference is that they offer
better infrastructural facilities. If similar facilities are provided
at CSMMU, patients would automatically stop visiting these nursing
The CSMMU Executive Council passed a resolution for the setting-up of
deluxe and super-deluxe wards in the hospital, in December 2002,
wherein the medical staff would get their share of the profits from
such a venture.
However, such a venture would require a huge investment. For this,
instead of seeking help from the government, private practice should
be allowed and faculty members asked to contribute substantial
amounts towards this venture. Once such an arrangement is complete,
private practice should be banned.
Formula 2: A voluntary retirement scheme for 'senior' faculty members
who have established private practices, should be floated. This
should be coupled with a hike in pay-packets, bringing them at par
with those of SGPGIMS, to deter the younger doctors from taking to
private practice. For the 50-55 per cent 'middle rung' faculty
members, a 'carrot-and-stick' policy would be optimum.
Formula 3: If the state government refuses to approve enhanced pay
scales, the university could generate its own resources by requesting
the state government to allow a 15 per cent 'management quota' in
admissions. Furthermore, schemes with adequate returns for the non-
resident Indian alumni should be floated.