CAG raps Maharashtra over poor plight of medical education

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Mumbai, April 22: The Comptroller of Auditor General (CAG) has rapped Maharashtra government for not having a particular policy or programme for improvement of medical education in the state.

"There is no specific policy or programme for improvement of medical education in the state, particularly in tribal areas. Number of medical seats were not increased despite increase in population and a demand for aspiring students," the CAG report, released recently said.

It has also pointed out inadequate research activities, non-compliance with norms laid by Medical Council of India (MCI) regarding teaching staff, infrastructure and diagnostic equipments.

The report has found that majority of the government hospitals out of 14, were lacking super speciality treatments.

"Sasoon hospital in Pune and a hospital in Nagpur were not having facility for kidney transplantation. Akola hospital had none of the super speciality facilities while Ambejogai, Aurangabad and Miraj were lacking open heart and plastic surgery and kidney transplant," it said.

It observed that machines and equipments were lying idle for want of repairs in several facilities. Following this, the CAG has suggested regular maintenance for efficient functioning of hospitals and also to help poor patients. 

PTI

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