Doctors in Indore will shut down their clinics on April 15 to protest the district administration’s “improper and clerical implementation” of the Pre Conception and Pre Natal Diagnostic Technique (PCPNDT) Act.
The protest follows the suspension of medical professionals for allegedly revealing the sex of unborn babies in the city.
More than 200 gynecologists and sonologists will participate in the protest and a total of 250 registered sonography centres will be closed.
"Since the implementation of the act, the entire process has become so clerical. We have to maintain all records and ensure that the information is updated. If we fail to do so, then we have this lingering fear of being sacked. This is unnecessary," said Dr Madhav Hasnani, general secretary, Madhya Pradesh Medical Officers Association.
A committee headed by the district collector has been monitoring the implementation of the act, which aims to check sex determination.
Earlier, the chief medical health officer was the head of the committee.
Several doctors feel the administration has inadequate knowledge about the issue.
Dr Hasnani said the entire process of sex determination should be handled by those with medical knowledge.
"The main problem of the act is that people who don't know about things are handling it. They ask us to maintain secrecy of the patient and then sack us if we fail to provide them footage. It is an absurd concept," he said.
However, collector Akash Tripathi said: "The entire unrest is due to the recent operations carried out by us at centres performing termination of pregnancy. Many doctors did not follow the rules and many of them were not even aware of it. They need to follow the rules and regulations made by the legislature. We are not implementing things according to our whims and fancies."