SKIMS likely to get Gynae Deptt recognised

MCI conducts last and final inspection

Irfan Tramboo

Srinagar, Jan 18: After a long wait of several years, Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura is likely to get its Gynaecology Department recognised with the Medical Council of India (MCI) after it failed in securing the same earlier during its two continuous attempts.
As per the official sources, the MCI conducted its inspection earlier last week after a compliance report was filed by the SKIMS, informing the MCI regarding having put in place all the prerequisites.
Sources further said that all the prerequisites and the shortcomings that were identified by the Council earlier were put in place along with other necessities, after which the MCI was requested to conduct the inspection.
The inspection was scheduled in few months earlier. However, due to the situation that had arisen following the abrogation of Articles-370 and 35-A, the visit of the team was delayed a bit more further.
“The inspection would have been conducted in September or October, but it was delayed due to the situation post August-5,” the sources said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Gynaecology department has not been recognised by the MCI since its inception due to the infrastructural shortcoming and also the lack of basic equipment at the Gynaecology wing of the SKIMS.
Further, the SKIMS has tried twice to secure the recognition so far, but it continuously failed after the MCI kept identifying the shortcomings in the machinery and the infrastructure.
This newspaper has continuously monitored the development with regard to the MCI recognition of the department and has time and again published reports regarding the same, with latest being that the SKIMS will be using its last chance of securing the recognition.
This time over, it is said to be the last chance for the SKIMS to secure the recognition, and in case it failed to get the same, it will not be eligible.
“This time over, all the requirements were put in place and then the inspection was requested. The team visited SKIMS and apparently they were happy with facilities at the department,” an official privy to the development told Excelsior adding that they were hopeful of securing the recognition this time.
The official said that the MCI will let the SKIMS know whether it has managed to secure the recognition or not in a period of one month. If the SKIMS manages to secure the recognition, it will go a long way in catering to increasing patient care in the Gynaecology Department, he added.