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Monday, June 25, 2012

TUTH: Politicians assert themselves via Professionals: The ugly act of mud-slinging

There were to-be-confirmed reports that the VC had finally acted upon his pledge to sack the current Dean of TUTH as demanded by the agitators. Yet formal decisions of neither side are yet out.

Meanwhile, a dozen out of the plethora of organisations/unions at TUTH, Dean Office and Maharajgunj Medical and Nursing Campuses have made their presence felt by condemning the proposed closure of services via two statements.

One sad observation: the professionals including the Specialist Doctors have also failed to refrain from the kind of bickering that is usual for politicians. Indeed they have also been promoting the mean interests of the politicians to such an extent that they fail to agree even to minimum program to oust the rogue elements from the management. This is also how the politicians have succeeded enslaving every professional thereby colluding with them to suck the public institutions dry.

The closure, if it proceeds tomorrow, will be highly controversial and will invite confrontation among the bodies all of which claim to fight for the betterment of the institution with placement of properly qualified persons at the management. This makes the scenario far more complicated. If the closure is withdrawn, things may be less complicated but it is hard to predict what exactly will follow.

Over all, I was flabbergasted by comments of some of the devoted doctors about the strike: why bother everyone to replace one corrupt man with another, given that corruption is the very feature of the chair and not the person? For them, status quo was the best possible thing because there was and is no possibility of this institution ever being cleaned up.

Ignored in the process of mud-slinging and finger-pointing among the professionals is the deteriorating condition of the institution with increasing no. of poor patients who get deprived of treatment; either because the hospital collapses or it has to hike rates for services to make up for the loss incurred by the siphoning of millions of rupees of money to pockets of administrators and eventually their bosses, the omnipotent politicians.

Things will be much clear tomorrow.

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