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Faulty machines at govt hosps hit docs’ attendance

Jaipur: Monitoring of attendance of doctors has been hit hard as Biometric Machines installed by Medical Council of India (MCI) in hospitals turned out to be faulty.

The biometric machines were installed to put a check on doctors devoting their government duty hours in private practices. Hospital administration has already directed faculty members to mark morning and evening attendance through biometric machines. But, as a lot of machines are out of order, the hospital administration is finding it difficult to mark their attendance.

Out of 935 teaching faculty members registered with OFAMOS (Online Faculty Attendance Monitoring System) of Sawai Man Singh (SMS) medical college and its associate hospitals, there were less than 200 who marked their attendance through the OFAMOS on Tuesday.

It has become a major problem for the Sms Medical College administration, which has already written to the MCI informing about the faulty biometric machines installed in SMS medical college and its attached hospitals in the city.

“We have written to MCI that there are biometric machines which have been installed but they are not working. Besides, we have also requested MCI to install more machines as the existing machines are not sufficient for SMS medical college,” said Dr US Agarwal, principal and controller, SMS Medical College.

Acting on the SMS medical college’s request, a team representing MCI reached Jaipur along with technicians, which repaired the faulty biometric machines. The team would stay for a day to repair the machines.

Now, MCI has acknowledged the problem faced by SMS medical college and other medical colleges across the country, which has raised concern over faulty biometric machines.

MCI issued a letter on Tuesday to all dean and principal of all medical colleges of the country asking them to follow a process for lodging their complaints regarding biometric machines. “All complaints regarding OFAMOS should be routed through the nominated nodal officer of medical colleges to ensure the authenticity of the complaints. Also, medical colleges may raise their complaints through their nodal officer, eight by calling IT helpdesk or through online,” the letter says.

Source : timesofindia



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