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NEIGRIHMS crisis: James seeks Centre-state synergy

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SHILLONG, July 6: In the wake of the impending crisis of manpower at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Health Minister James PK Sangma has called for synergy between the central and state government, even as he revealed that the Meghalaya government is in discussion mode and is hopeful to resolve the matter at the earliest.
“Discussions are going on and we will try to hopefully resolve it at the earliest,” the minister said.
At least 20 doctors at NEIGRIHMS, the only super-speciality hospital in Meghalaya, are reportedly planning to shift to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Guwahati.
“We have taken up this matter and even Chief Minister (Conrad Sangma) has taken up the matter at his level but the problem is all of us need to sit down and discuss this. Everyone has to come together, the Government of India, state government and resolve this issue,” he said.
The Health minister informed that NEIGRIHMS Director Nalin Mehta had met him on the issue and expressed concern about the matter.
It is also learnt that the 20 doctors in question have applied to the AIIMS and are waiting to be absorbed.
The AIIMS Guwahati has already appointed some doctors from NEIGRIHMS.
Many doctors seeking to move out of NEIGRIHMS had applied for the mandatory no-objection certificate from the institute but former director DM Thappa had rejected their applications.
Incumbent Director Nalin Mehta had earlier downplayed the reported exodus but said the institute would ensure the services are not affected despite being “stretched”.
The NEIGRIHMS had even advertised for several posts recently.

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