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Goa govt appoints one-man committee to look into GMCH affairs

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The state government has appointed a one-man committee to probe allegations of maladministration at Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

"The committee would be headed by retired bureaucrat N D Agarwal, who will also act as public grievance officer (handling complaints related to the hospital)," Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said here today.

Located at Bambolim village near here, the state-run GMCH was in recently due a flurry of allegations against it including, non-availability of essential medicines, poor quality of medical facilities and mismanagement.

Agarwal would be mandated to scrutinise and act on a number of complaints filed against GMCH by various people, including doctors, nurses, other staff members, patients and non-government organisations, D'Souza said.

The officer has been given three weeks' time to "study all complaints and submit a compliance report to the government", he said.

D'Souza said the state government is mulling to appoint an administrator to oversee the functioning of the medical facility, which has a 1,200-bed hospital, a dental care centre and a girls' hostel, among other units.

Asked about a report made public by a local NGO, Gen Next, exposing several illegalities in the hospital's administration, he said "I agree that there are many problems but those are minor ones.

First Published: Wed, April 20 2016. 19:48 IST