The association of practising pathologists, Haryana, approached the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday, seeking directions to close down all unauthorised pathology laboratories in the state being run by unqualified laboratory technicians and not by qualified pathologists (doctors).
Taking up the petition, the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Augustine George Masih issued the notice of motion to the Haryana government to file its reply before February 4.
The petitioner association has also sought directions to the state government for framing a policy for regulating the opening and running of pathology laboratories in the state and to constitute an appropriate authority for the regular checking of such laboratories.
The court was informed that the pathology laboratories were being run in the state by unqualified persons, including laboratory technicians, who were neither the registered medical practitioners nor had any degree in medicine. Such persons were not only conducting various tests but were also giving unauthorised diagnosis reports to the patients causing a great threat to the public. It was informed that even a small mistake in diagnosis might lead to wrong treatment being given to the patients.