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RIMS again: Why???

The crisis at RIMS due to conflict between non-teaching staffs and the Director is a serious one. The Institution which the authority had promised time and again for upgradation to the status of AIMS, has been always in the news for bad reason in the last few years. RIMS is now known to the rest of the country  for report about doctor’s negligence which resulted dead of patients to rampant corruption and misappropriation of funds besides fight for the post of Director among incumbent doctors. Achievement from the Institution which produced many doctors are only heard once in the green moon. But news story about Director (Since the time of Dr. Ng Bijoy and the precedent till today) and team’s converting the Institution into a gold mine were always top stories from this institution which have over 300 doctors excluding the Nurses, Lab Technicians and non- teaching staff. This is perhaps the only institution of medical science in the entire country where the CBI had to register case for multi core financial scams. The investigation is still yet to be completed.
Except for the period that, one IAS officer took charge as the in-charge director – the institute is a battle ground for doctors who are hungry for the post of the Director or the Medical Superintendent. The culture of picking up like minded Deputy Director and appointing close associates to the Engineering cell which is responsible for infrastructures of the RIMS seems to be implanted to the whoever comes as the head of the institute. Rampant corruption to the appointment of staffs or promotions for their political gains, angered the staffs or professional doctors who are sincere to their service. People of the country had always seen such an ugly picture at RIMS since the last many years and there seems to be no dearth for the malpractice. No matter, how good the person is in their practice, once they seat in the top chair, many unwanted things happened which create inconvenience to doctors as well to the patients.

Patient care service is not at all improving. Once or twice a month, a clash between patient party and the hospital staffs at RIMS is not new news. Blame game over doctors having more interest in working at Private clinic rather than doing the same at the Institution keep continuing. The head (Director), whoever, comes always announce in public to take strong action against doctors who are visiting the private hospital despite receiving Non-Practicing Allowances, however, so far no doctors from the RIMS who are attending Private clinic have been punished. There are many cases that patient are referred to Private run Hospital from this Institute. Cancer Patient have to be treated at the behest of the blessing of either the Director of the person who is heading the Radiology Department. Lack of convergence among the different departments had resulted patient to chose for discharge certificate so that they could go to either at Private Hospitals or hospitals outside the state. Why the Director, who is supposed to look into such kind of matters remain ignored to the many things which is bringing bad name to the RIMS and the state.
This time we see another trouble at the Institution. The conflict between the Director and the Non-teaching staffs at RIMS is becoming serious. Imphal Times doesn’t stand for either of the side. But this newspaper felt that a speedy and amicable solution between the two is the need of the hour as the conflict will only bring extreme inconvenience to the people. And one more thing that the state government should worry is that any trouble at RIMS is also the problem of the state government. The ambitious CMHT introduced by the present government led by Chief Minister N. Biren Singh will make no sense if the functioning of major hospital like RIMS collapses.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents.

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