A division bench of Chief Justice Dr Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad was hearing several petitions against Rims when they commented that the health facility is apparently being run by the high court. The remark comes at a time, when the high court is already monitoring the actions of the hospital administration through different public interest litigations.
The court was also peeved with a recent news report stating that the attendant of a patient had to give his mobile phone as security to obtain a stretcher for his patient. The judges addressing the Rims counsel said that it’s rather shameful for a medical centre to be unable to provide basic facilities to the patients.
As many as 18 petitions of different nature against Rims were lined up for hearing before the high court. The petitions included PILs and service matters wherein employees of the hospital, both former and present, have expressed their grievances against the administration of the autonomous hospital.
The high court recorded in its order that a special committee will be formed which will look into the appointments made in Rims and the delay caused in filling up vacancies in various departments in the hospital. The case will again be heard on November 22.
Earlier too, the HC had pulled up the hospital for not being able to fill up vacancies of grade 4 staff. It was also hauled up for failing to install a genome sequencing machine in the state-run hospital. The court in a verbal observation had said that the state-run hospital will only wake up from their slumber when the people of the state reach the cremation ground.